Though relatively in its infancy, the merging of the manufacturing technologies of 3D Mold Making and Injection Molding is extremely exciting to see for the evolution of the industry. Congratulations to Collider for zigging while everyone else is zagging.

At TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017, CEO and founder of Collider, Graham Bredemeyer, announced that the Programmable Tooling process – using continuous digital light projection (DLP) to 3D print a hollow shell that is then filled with injection molding material resulting in custom, injection molded parts, printed on demand – can be used for metals in addition to polymers.

“We’re using the exact same process we already use [for polymers],” Bredemeyer said. “The only difference is that we inject, instead of our traditional two-component resins, two-component resins that are filled with metal particles at a very high concentration. It’s about 85 percent metal by weight inside of the liquid.”

By being able to create industrial-grade plastic and metal parts, Collider’s Programmable Tooling continues to catch the eye of many industry companies and was a strong contender in the Startup Battlefield competition.

Laszeray believes in staying aware of emerging manufacturing technologies and enjoyed watching the other surprises that came from the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017, Startup Battlefield.

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