Rapid Tooling

What is Rapid Tooling?

Rapid tooling is also known as the prototypes tooling, soft tooling, or prototype mold.

It represents a channel to manufacture injection molded components or parts in a short time.

During this process, it requires the unison of rapid prototyping techniques with conventional tooling practices.

This process is also used to prepare parts of a functional model from CAD data in less time and at a lower cost.

The cost is relatively low in comparison to the traditional machining methods.

Moreover, rapid Tooling either uses a rapid prototyping model as a pattern, or uses the rapid prototyping services directly in order to produce a tool for a small quantity of prototypes.

In the modern market, rapid tooling is unnecessary in manufacturing a small number of prototypes or functional tests during the product R&D (research and development).

The prototypes from rapid tooling are used for evaluation purposes, production process design. Besides, they can also serve as the marketing samples,

In summary, rapid tooling is an indispensable and key link in the manufacturing industry.

Advantages of Rapid Tooling

Cost Savings

It lowers the time and cost of the product manufacture. With the aid of rapid tooling, you can get the products at a lower price.

This price has an obvious advantage over the price when products are produced in large quantities by using injection tools.

The part produced in rapid tooling can be used for impact and stress testing. With the corresponding results from testing, you can make the changes needed before conducting an expensive tooling process.


Rapid tooling is being used to create molds for business operations since the time lag is so short between beginning to finish.

Compared with the conventional tooling, it eliminates the need to produce molds, patterns, and special tools.

Because of this, rapid tooling greatly curtailed the time between the initial idea and evaluation.

In spite of the short manufacturing time, the resulting prototypes are accurate and highly effective in testing the forms, features, usability, and performance.

Its designers can also modify the product on the basis of the feedback.

A fast turnaround can help your company to be more competitive in marketing new products than its rivals.


Traditional prototyping takes a long time because it needs making the prototype tooling and its components to exact the tolerances.

However, in rapid prototyping, the designers can design complex geometries that will be impossible to develop in conventional prototyping too.

Moreover, rapid tooling can be customized for personal application through a CAD program, which has refrained from tedious trial and error measurements.

Applications of Rapid Tooling

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