Molds today only have one shape, costing manufacturers as much as a million dollars per month, per plant in downtime from equipment changes. PinPress is a shape-shifting tool that gives you a thousand molds in one, eliminating the need to physically change equipment.
Changeovers are required to produce-to-demand, and avoid excess inventory. They also allow manufacturers to produce similar products on the same manufacturing line. However, changeovers are manual and very expensive. PinPress can eliminate this cost. It can also eliminate the cost of holding large tooling inventory.
Dynamic tooling like PinPress can also be used for rapid prototyping, where expensive processes like CNC are used to create plastic prototypes. Lastly, real-time surface control can greatly improve process yield in processes like plastic sheet extrusion.
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