With a total of about 200 employees in the Southwest of Germany, Hahn-Schickard specializes in applied research and development in the areas of microsystems engineering, micro assembly technology, micro-analytical systems, and information technology. The company’s engineers provide support and guidance for industrial projects from the early design stage to serial production. With an emphasis on fields that are shaping the future, like 3D printing technologies, Hahn-Schickard conducts applied research and development, guides innovation, and assists industrial companies in adopting them into their products.
Focusing on the injection molding process, Hahn-Schickard has chosen the Prodways ProMaker L5000 and the PLASTCure Rigid 10500 resin to quickly produce custom injection molds for prototyping or small series tools.
Production of injection molds is usually done by machining metal – in stainless steel for big series or in aluminum for small series. The cost and lead time involved in producing molds is relatively high.
With the development of the high-resistance resin, PLASTCure Rigid 10500, combined with the MOVINGLight technology of the Prodways ProMaker L5000, Hahn-Schickard produces mold prototypes or very small series tools. Engineers have more freedom to optimize and accelerate the design of the injection parts.
According to Prodways, the speed of ProMaker L5000 for injection molds is 2x faster than market standards. Additionally, the higher resistance to injection pressure and temperature, and high quality of the molds has allowed Hahn-Schickard to inject more than one hundred parts with high-performance thermoplastics, such as LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer), reducing costs and lead times compared to the use of metal molds.
Hahn-Schickard can print various iterations of an injection mold in a very short time, allowing for testing and revising of prototypes and speeding up the time-to-market of its customer products.