MMT Article Archive

Feature Articles

Unbalanced Perceptions

You may not realize it, but a balanced toolholder assembly can help you get the most from your machine tools.

Providing Intelligence Back to the CAD Model

Inspection software can help 3D CAD, 3D GD&T and measuring devices work together to ensure design intent.

Hot Runner Design Considerations

Evaluating system design can help avoid potential problems down the road.

In the Trenches: An Ounce of Prevention - Design Review

Examining a troubled tool from a design review perspective can reveal engineering options.

Using Software to Support Your Automation Agenda

As shops look to streamline processes and increase productivity, automation is among the highest priorities. Software is one tool that can be easily implemented to help meet those goals.

From The Editor

Are You a 10?

Or at least a 1 through 9 according to our infamous “Top 10 Reasons to Be a Moldmaker” t-shirt?

New Business Opportunities

Carving a Niche with Multi-Material Sampling

In-house commissioning of multi-shot plastic injection molds is expected to pay dividends for this moldmaker—and, perhaps more importantly, for its customers.

Your Business

Finding, Training & Retaining Employees - Part 9 of a Series

The role of an educational philosophy.

MoldMaking Business Index

Total MBI for February 2014



From Craft to Science

For this shop, efforts to adapt to technology that reduces the need for human labor have driven a fundamental and ongoing shift to a more standardized manufacturing process.

Going to Extremes with EDM Drilling

Expertise in drilling start holes helps this wire EDM shop give 110 percent on every job without breaking the bank.

Case Study

Improved Graphite Electrode Machining

When a more productive and cost-effective method of machining graphite electrodes was needed, this moldmaker turned to a solid carbide modular milling system.

End Market Report

Aerospace and Packaging

Aerospace Production Poised for Growth in 2014; Growth in Packaging to Moderate

Tip of the Month

Choosing the Right Cutting Tool for Pre-Hard Materials

There are four common tool types to consider for cutting pre-hard materials: ball-end, toroidal, multi-fluted bull-nose and square-end.

Product Focus

Sandvik Parting-Off System Suited for Bar-Fed Parts Manufacturing

Sandvik Coromant has introduced CoroCut QD, a parting-off system for deep grooves and long overhangs that is supported with plug-and-play adaptors for easy handling and efficient coolant supply.

aPriori Enterprise Software Helps Manage Product Costs

The aPriori 2014r1 software platform offers enterprise capabilities designed to help users better predict product costs, cost a wider variety of types of products and parts, and identify and act on product cost-reduction opportunities.

HMM Solutions Injection Molding Nozzles Offer Low Pressure Losses

HMM Solutions offers a variety of components for mold and injection molding machines, including a selection of nozzles.

Sodick Linear-Motor-Driven Wire EDMs Improve Cutting Speeds

Sodick’s SL-G range of linear-motor-driven wire EDMs includes the SL400G and SL600G.

DME Pre-Machined Insulator Sheets Cut Time, Labor Costs

DME offers a line of pre-machined, high-temperature insulator sheets for standard mold bases.

IMS Water-Cooled Circulator Enables Precise Temperature Control

IMS Co.’s Hydra water-cooled circulator is designed for precise temperature control as well as easy accessibility for the operator.

Renishaw Scanning System Performs Form, Profile Measurement on Complex Parts

Renishaw’s Sprint machine tool scanning system is designed for fast, accurate measurement. The system incorporates on-machine analog scanning technology said to enable form and profile data capture from both prismatic and complex 3D components.

Hexagon Metrology Miniature Infrared Touch Probe Can Access Tight Spaces

Designed to address the needs of miniature machining centers, Hexagon Metrology’s IRP40.50 infrared touch probe is well-suited for inspection in tight spaces.

Trumpf Laser Cutting Machine Handles Variety of Materials, Thicknesses

The TruLaser 3030 fiber solid-state laser cutting machine from Trumpf is designed to handle a variety of material types and thicknesses.


April 2014

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