Toolmaking has come a long way; humans are no longer hitting rocks together to create tools. Spears, bows and arrows have been replaced by screw drivers, hammers and drill bits, all crafted to perfection.

The History

The first tools where made approximately 2.8 million years ago by the Homo habilis genus. 200 000 years ago, tools evolved, became more sophisticated using different types of materials, tools for all different uses.

The Present

Introducing Injection Moulding, the process of producing quality tools without design flaws on a large scale.

Moulds are made of aluminium or metal, the mould takes the shape of a perfectly design tool. The mould designer can create the mould using drawings, reverse engineering or creating a solid mould of the tool. Moulds can be used over and over making it easy to replace or reproduce tools.

Materials Used

The materials used depend on the type of tool that you are making. Materials typically used are plastic or various types of metals. Different materials need different types of moulds.

How does it work

First the tool must be reverse engineered and designed, moulds are then made from hardened steel or plastic. Steel moulds last much longer than plastic moulds. The moulds are made using a CNC machine, the design is loaded into the machine that cuts the mould to perfection. A cavity in the form of the tool is formed ready for the injection of the material needed for the final tool. After the material is injected in the mould it is left to cool and harden.

Don’t buy the right tool make it!

Go to our tool making page on our website to start manufacturing your tools today.

https://www.vectorengineering.co.za/tool-making/

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