1. Mold Ejector Setup: Part 2 - Using part ejection on a manual bench top molding machine

    Mold with ejection and the molded part

    In part 1 of this series, we showed the process of adding ejector pins to a prototype injection mold using a Syncorda Protoframe mold frame with ejection. In this part, we will show the mold being used to make parts on a Buster Beagle 3D MK3 bench top injection molding machine.

    Step 1 - Setup

    The B/core side of the mold was already be set up in part 1. Next, we install the A/cavity side of the mold in the mold frame. When using resin 3D printed mold inserts, we get the best results when the insert is very slightly above or “proud” of the mold frame. This causes the insert to compress a bit when the mold is clamped shut, and reduces mold flash. When necessary, we add a paper shim behind the mold insert to achieve this. The insert is just high enough to feel the height difference with a finger. When using metal inserts, having the insert flush with the edge of the frame is preferable.
    Below, the two halves

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  2. Mold Ejector Setup: Part 1 - Adding part ejection to a prototype injection mold

    Materials for ejector setup

    On a simple injection mold with shallow features, it is often possible to extract parts manually by pulling on the part, or using a screwdriver or chisel to pry an edge out. When parts start to get more complicated or have deeper features though, it can be challenging to extract them without damaging the part or the mold. Not only is prying parts out of a mold time consuming, prototype molds that are 3D printed or made from aluminum are very easy to damage with steel tools. The solution is to add an ejection system. In this post we will show the process of setting up an ejection system with a 3D printed mold insert installed in a Syncorda Protoframe mold frame.


    • Drill press
    • Handheld drill
    • Drill bits sized for ejector pins
    • Abrasive cutoff saw or angle grinder with cutoff wheel
    • Bench grinder
    • Fine tip marker or layout stain for marking ejector pins
    • V-Block with clamp or threaded 1-2-3 block with bolt
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  3. Elegoo Saturn 2 Vs. Anycubic Photon Mono X - First Impressions

    Anycubic Photon Mono X VS Elegoo Saturn 2

    I have been using MSLA resin printing for a while now to create injection molds for product prototypes. The product I have been working on recently is a DIN rail mount for a B/W Controls relay, and it is wider and flatter than parts I have done before. I was struggling to get a 3.75” x 5.25” mold insert to print without warping on my Anycubic Photon Mono X, when I came across this blog post with a really clever technique for reducing shrinkage and warping in prints.

    In short, by breaking each layer into multiple interleaved exposures, the shrinkage due to resin curing can be reduced dramatically. Great, so I had a new tool to try to improve my dimensional tolerances. The author of the blog, Jan Mrázek provided a script for UVTools to convert a sliced file into

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