Reusable Manufacturing Mould Unveiled

The mould, said to be infinitely reusable, can reportedly produce parts faster than 3D printing.

The mould, said to be infinitely reusable, can reportedly produce parts faster than 3D printing.

A PolyMorphic moulded product with the PolyMorphic mould below. Image courtesy of Business Wire.

Fyous is launching an infinitely reusable moulding technology, PolyMorphic moulding, at this month’s RAPID + TCT event in Los Angeles. Fyous’ technology can shapeshift in under 20 minutes, producing zero tooling waste and making usable parts faster than 3D printing.

The technology, devised and engineered by Fyous’ co-founders Joshua Shires and Thomas Bloomfield, features more than 28,000 densely packed pins that create the mould. Once the pins are in position, the mould can withstand 6 tonnes of distributed pressure.

Metamorphic by nature, PolyMorphic moulding has the potential to transform the manufacturing industry, reducing the waste generated through tooling amends, coupled with the faster production times compared to 3D printing and traditional mould-making. By inputting a 3D CAD model, Fyous software generates the PolyMorphic mould shape. The PolyMorphic machine then shapeshifts the mould to create the intended product.

On completion of production, the PolyMorphic mould is returned to the machine, ready for the next shapeshift. Product manufacture could be anything you typically use a mould for, e.g., vacuum forming, foam casting, food production or composite layup.

“Our mission is to deliver a revolutionary moulding technology that will disrupt prototyping and manufacturing sectors worldwide,” says Joshua Shires, founder of Fyous. “Using PolyMorphic moulding to rapidly create accurate moulds for tooling will reduce time to market for a huge array of products, plus unlock commercial viability for desirable products, which currently have no cost-effective manufacture method.

PolyMorphic moulding is a zero-waste technology, according to the company, where raw materials are conserved and the moulds can be used over and over again.

Thomas Bloomfield, Fyous founder, says: “The new technology can generate products up to 14 times faster than conventional 3D printing methods, with zero-waste. PolyMorphic moulding supports a wide array of materials and processes, including moulding and casting, vacuum forming, and composite lay-up.

“Much like when 3D printing was developed, the applications it could potentially be used for was unknown by its inventors,” Thomas Bloomfield, Fyous founder, says. “The Fyous team is now undertaking this period of discovery with PolyMorphic moulding, uncovering potential applications for this technology at an exponential rate.”

Find Fyous at stand #2763 at RAPID + TCT.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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