Does anyone know how to create brass mold in solidworks ?
is it possible to fabricate a brass material with solidworks ?
If the part is like the one you attached, I doubt you are going to be able to find a foundry that can cast / mold this part in brass because of its thickness (its rather thin). A better option for volume production would be to have the parts stamped / punched out of sheet metal. However, with both casting and stamping there is going to be a fee associated with the tooling required by the process. If you are only looking at making a few of the parts CNC or laser cutting may be the route to go. They are more expensive per part, but don't have any tooling which can be expensive. Like Greg said, get quotes from different companies and different processes and see what works out to be the cheapest. Just make sure they include any tooling costs and not just the piece price.
Going back to your original question, yes you can make the part in Solidworks (which you have done) and you could design the mold / tooling in Solidworks. However, you are probably better off specifying the part and letting the company you end up working with design the tooling (ie: the mold).
Could you explain a bit more? What mold do you need to create? There is a brass material in solidworks.
It will be like an accessorize.. think about an almost 2-D apple shape(if you imagine the apple as a circle, apple has a radius of 5 cm), just a little bulky (about 2 3 mm) as a necklace for example. Sorry, i didnt draw it yet because i am not sure if it can be fabricated as brass material in CNC or not.
thanks for your attention by the way
Could you sketch something by hand to show me?
Greg Hynd wrote: Could you sketch something by hand to show me?
Greg Hynd wrote:
It is something like this.
So you need to know if this part can be manufactured in brass?
yes, it will be a necklace..
I know it can be manufactured. But i don't know that if Solidworks is the right software to do this, and i dont know if it can be molded and is it available to get serial production in CNC machines.
I use solidworks for almost 1 year, and i am an amateur. But the sketch will not be that hard i guess.
Does it have to be cnc? Why not lazer cut it, then fold to get the radius? Cnc would be expensive. It could be molded out of brass if you want to go down this route?
What country are you based in?
No it does not have to be CNC. I just want it to manufacture as cheap as possible. The surface will of this sketch will be a little rubby (liked an aged piece)
I live in Turkey by the way.
Best thing to do is create a drawing of this part and send out to get prices to manufacture using a few different methods. Brass will age naturally if you leave it outside for a bit, so this can be done at the end of the manufacturing process.
Greg Hynd wrote: Best thing to do is create a drawing of this part and send out to get prices to manufacture using a few different methods. Brass will age naturally if you leave it outside for a bit, so this can be done at the end of the manufacturing process.
so plastic molding factories also manufactures these kind of brass material ?
thank you for you replies, I will have a drawing and sent out to some companies (molders and laser cutters).. We'll see what will happen next..
Do you want to make it out of brass or plastic that looks like brass?
Plastic mold people wont make it out of metal, you will need to contact a foundry.
no it will be a brass material, not a plastic. I will search some foundries in my country than..
Greg's statement is not completely true. There are molders that run plastic injection molds as well as metal injection molds (MIM).
Here is a little info from Wiki on MIM:
Injection molding is only cost effective if you are needing LOTS of part. The higher the part quantities are, the more cost effective injection molding is.
Thank you all,
I will need this part for about 1500 pieces/year
I guess I will look around some molders (but 1500 pcs/year would be a low quantity for the mold) and foundries this weekend. I hope it works
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