3d Printed Molds

While working as a designer for Instinct Engineering I developed some prototypes for Fusion Brands.  The idea was to create rigid silicone volumes with attractive organic lines that matched their existing product lines. We started designing around a manufacturing process that would allow us to capture a rigid heatproof plastic structure in a silicone skin.

With the design and manufacturing considerations sorted it came to me to produce prototypes of the final product. With some experimentation I found I could print a mold of the final shape and use registration keys to get a SLA part to float inside of it. The advantage of the printed mold was that we could prototype many permutations of different structures and shapes without much additional work. It also meant that the prototype I produced would match the material and finish quality of the final factory made item.