Hybrid Moulds

Generic Method for Hybrid Injection Mould Development for Short-Run Production Series

The Hybrid Moulds project aims to develop a versatile and industry-competitive method for the manufacturing of hybrid injection moulds for short-run injection moulding production series using additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Hybrid moulds are a combination of a conventional mould frame and mould making strategy integrated with core and cavity produced via technologies such as Additive Manufacturing. The main project output will result in a production method that combines reduced lead-times and high quality (comparable to an injection moulded part with a classic mould) output of the final injection moulded parts.

Enabling quick innovation
The versatility targeted by the Hybrid Moulds project was on full display when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In response to the pandemic, face masks became mandatory at many places. Wearing a mask for an extended period of time resulted in complaints about a sort of “cutting feeling” behind poeple’s ears. UGent, one of the partners in the Hybrid Moulds project, started looking for ways to avoid this pain. The solution? Earbuddies! Learn more about this innovative tool, and its link with the Hybrid Moulds project by watching the video below.

Project Details
Project type: ICON
Approved on: 24/10/2018
Duration: 01/01/2019 – 31/12/2020
Total budget: €2.216.856
Subsidy: €1.435.700
Project Partners