Protolabs Q&A: Family Tooling

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In this episode we answer your questions on Family tooling, also known as branch tooling, with Richard Anthony, a Senior Application Engineer at Protolabs. See below for a list of questions answered in this session:

  • What is meant by the term 'family tooling'?
  • Are there any other recognised terms used in the industry?
  • Why and when should I consider family mould tools?
  • Will my part design be limited?
  • What is the maximum part size I can expect?
  • Does my choice of material impact this?
  • Will material flow be effected?
  • Can I expect the same quality?