Mould cost is an important item. Any error in the mould will be copied forever into the sintered parts.
Mould cost depends on:
- mould size;
- mould material;
- mould complexity: number of cavities (very important); tolerance of dimensions; number of slides; presence of additional movements (unscrewing, side movements, etc.) special heating/cooling devices;
- mould finish.
One of the interests to use Pam technology to 3D print MiM feedstock is to avoid mould cost and lead time.