MMT Article Archive

Feature Articles

Costing Challenges and Strategies

Mold manufacturers should automate the mold costing process to improve quote accuracy and accelerate RFQ response.

New Strategies for High-Speed Roughing

An alternative approach to this application produces tool paths with a controlled engagement angle.

Managing the CAM Workforce Supply Chain

Maybe reframing the conversation in business terms will help solve the manpower problem.

Breaking Barriers Between Vision and Reality

For this OEM, speeding time to market required empowering its captive moldmaking operation with not only new technology, but the culture to use it effectively.

In the Trenches: Developing a Workorder Database

Total productive maintenance can be achieved by tracking history and directing future efforts with the right computer-based system.

Essential Strategies for Mold Measurement

Studies shed light on the importance of clear measurement approaches, skills and behavior.

From The Editor

The Cardinal Rule of Workforce Development

Maybe the industry needs more soft skills than technical skills.

Your Business

Marketing Basics for Moldmakers

Address these three marketing basics to quickly get up to speed on creating an online presence that improves your shop’s visibility.

MoldMaking Business Index

Total MBI for July 2014


Case Study

Investing in a Five-Axis Future

This shop’s first five-axis machine offers capabilities that exceed its needs—at least for now.

End Market Report

Automotive and Electronics

Both automotive production and electronics are seeing slower growth.

Tip of the Month

Avoid Unplanned Downtime with Predictive Robot Data

Production success relies on manufacturing equipment as much as it does on employees.

Product Focus

HMC Features Two Spindle Configurations

Kitamura Machinery adds the Mycenter-HX500G horizontal machining center (HMC) to its G-Series line for medium- to large-sized parts that require flexible cutting capabilities.

EDM Graphite Grades Balance Metal Removal, Electrode Wear, Surface Finish

Poco Graphite offers a variety of grades of graphite that have been tailored for a range of electrode applications.

CAM Software Adds Product Data Management Functionality

Missler Software will present live demonstrations of its TopSolid 7 product data management- (PDM-) based CAD/CAM software range, and in particular TopSolid’Cam 7.8, its latest CAM software.

End Mills Feature Interchangeable Solid Carbide Heads

Iscar will showcase its Multi-Master family of end mills, which feature interchangeable solid carbide heads that are connected to tool shanks by specially shaped threads produced directly on the heads.

High-Speed Milling Machine Offers Larger Work Area

Datron Dynamics will demonstrate its MLCube high-speed milling machine, the second and larger model in its Cube series designed for greater speed, accuracy, flexibility and industrial durability.

Machining Center Performs 5-Axis Contouring

Doosan introduced its FM 200/5AX Linear five-axis machining center, designed for simultaneous five-axis contouring of a range of complex parts.

CAM Software Strategies Ease Five-Axis Drilling

Open Mind Technologies will present its hyperMill 2014 CAM suite, which includes advanced machining strategies in five-axis drilling and roughing, plus a deformation tool in hyperCAD-S, the company’s native CAD option.

CAD/CAM Solution Well-Suited for Mold and Die

Vero Software offers the latest releases of four of its CAD/CAM/CAE software brands: Edgecam, Surfcam, Visi and WorkNC.

Turning Center Handles Heavy-Duty Cutting

The Hyundai-Wia L500LMA series turning center is designed for heavy-duty cutting.

Software Options Enables Easier Mirroring of Parts

Delcam will unveil the latest version of its FeatureCAM feature-based software, which offers such productivity-enhancing options as a new command that enables easier mirroring of entire parts or projects.

CNC Control Apps Boost Productivity, Streamline Processes

Okuma America will highlight its new online app store,, which offers applications for CNC control functionalities designed to increase productivity and streamline machine tool processes.

Cutters Suited for Variety of Milling Operations

Komet will showcase its growing lineup of milling tools, including indexable, solid carbide and PCD milling cutters suited for a variety of operations.

Rigid Construction Allows Turning Centers to Handle Demanding Applications

Designed for demanding applications, Yama Seiki’s Goodway GV-1 series vertical turning centers includes two different models with live turrets.

Intuitive Control Platform Manages Machine Data

DMG MORI’s booth will showcase 23 machines equipped with its Celos control platform, which provides integrated management, documentation and visualization of order, process and machine data.

Sinker EDM to Perform Graphite Wear Testing

Ohio Carbon Blank will be performing EDM graphite wear testing with a Sodick AD35L sinker EDM and showcasing results of its “Test 6” program.

Heavy-Duty HMC Suited for Mold and Die

Mitsui Seiki will demonstrate the HU100-5X large-capacity, heavy-duty machining center, which is designed for a variety of manufacturing industries that require machine rigidity, stiffness and accuracy, including mold and die.

Custom Grippers Handle Light Workpieces

Röhm Products will exhibit a variety of clamping and gripping technologies, including RRMP synthetic grippers, which can be individually designed and manufactured to handle specific workpieces, whether round, prismatic or freeform surfaces.

Mill Cutter’s Round Pocket Design Prevents Insert Rotation

Sumitomo Electric Carbide’s RSX radius mill cutter series features a round pocket design that eliminates insert rotation during aggressive machining.

Micro Welder Repairs Molds of Various Materials

Rocklin Manufacturing demonstrated its MoldMender micro welder, designed to repair plastic injection molds, rubber processing molds, and die casting molds and dies made of steel.

Software Automates CMM Operation

Verisurf Software will introduce its Automate CMM programming software, which features a 3D CAD measurement platform that automates virtually all types and brands of coordinate measuring machines.

CMM Available with Range of Optical Sensors

More precise than its predecessor, the latest generation of the Contura coordinate measuring machine from Zeiss Industrial Metrology offers a large package of optical sensors as well as additional measuring ranges.

Digital Boring Head Designed for Small Machines

Designed for small machines with tight work envelopes, Big Kaiser Precision Tooling’s Series 112 EWD 2-32 boring head with a concentric insert holder has the same characteristics as the existing EWN 2-32 boring head, but features a digital readout rather than an analog one.

Modular Vertical Machines Can be Interlinked

Emag will display multiple machines from its modular standard VL and VT product families.

Grinding Center Offers Fast Speeds

United Grinding will showcase 19 grinding machines, including the Mägerle MFP 100 surface and profile grinder, which is available as a five- or six-axis system, and offers fast working speeds and an expandable toolchanger system that can accommodate as many as 60 tools.

Rotary Table Increases High-Volume Machining Productivity

Calmotion will display its Quad 5C rotary table, which features a four-gang configuration designed to increase productivity in large-volume applications, reducing tool-change times and eliminating part setup operations.

Multitasking Machine Offers Variable Speed Settings

Among the machines Mazak will debut is the Integrex j-200S, a multitasking machine with twin turning spindles and a milling spindle designed to process workpieces complete in a single setup.

Hybrid Machine Combines Laser Sintering with Milling

Mitsubishi Corp.’s MC Machinery Systems subsidiary has partnered with Matsuura Machinery Corp. to introduce the Lumex Avance-25 metal laser sintering hybrid milling machine to the North American market.

Updated HMC Suited for Large-Part Machining

Makino’s a81nx horizontal machining center extends the capabilities of its a81 predecessor, offering a 10,000-rpm spindle that affords 305 Nm of duty-rated torque and 45 kW of extended-duty power (26 kW of continuous output) for improved speed and productivity.

Sinker EDM System Has Integrated Toolchanger

The automated FORM 20 sinker EDM from GF Machining Solutions features an integrated rotary toolchanger (iRTC) designed to boost part processing flexibility while increasing the capability for uninterrupted, unattended production.


September 2014

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