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A Different Approach to Mold Venting

Alternative venting valves can help overcome standard mold venting limitations and improve mold performance.

Breaking Down the Skills Gap, Part 1

You can’t solve a problem without defining it first. This two-part series will help define the skills gap and offer solutions for closing it.

The Bottom Line: Correcting Errors on Income Tax Returns

Any company can make mistakes when filling out a tax return, but sometimes those mistakes can work in your favor.

Project-Based Learning

University education in a shop-like setting helps mold a new generation of enterprising engineers.

A Powerful Technology Combination

Producing lightweight plastic parts with high surface quality takes the right blend of mold technology and molding process.

A Practical Case for Model-Based Definition

This strategy ensures that all components in the inspection value chain work together, keeping the digital thread intact from design to quality reporting.

Take the Plunge: Drill vs. Mill

Strategic operation planning and cutting tool system optimization can make plunge roughing a productive, stable choice for high-volume material removal.

Under the Scope: Cracking Demystified

Cracking in tool welding is a common challenge, but it is one for which risk can be minimized.

Keeping Up with ISO: The Value of Value Stream Mapping

Most people find it difficult to translate quality into in real dollars and cents.

Strategic Machining

Combining what they know with what they have allows these makers of investment casting molds to optimize the cutting of complex contours.

From The Editor


Perfect Timing

Last month, we gave you our annual Technology Review and Sourcing Guide. Next month is IMTS. Grab the guide, make your hit list and vist the show.

MoldMaking Business Index


GBI: Moldmaking for June 2016 - 47.6

Future business expectations continue to improve, hitting highest point in more than a year.

Case Study


Multitasking Lathe Speeds Production of Complex Mold Components

An Okuma machine helped this Ohio moldmaker boost a segment of its business.

End Market Report


Medical and Machinery/Equipment

More growth for medical, but continued contraction is expected for machinery/equipment.

Tip of the Month


Tracking Tools in the Cloud

Whether for a local mold shop or a globally renowned supplier, a centralized system for reviewing and analyzing data is key.

Product Focus


Profile Machining Center Offers High Material-Removal Rates

Handtmann will showcase the PBZ HD 600 profile machining center, specially equipped for high-performance machining of aluminum profiles ranging to 6,000 mm in length.

Laser Welding Systems Target Small Areas of Metal

LaserStar Technologies will feature the second generation of its FiberStar line of fiber laser welding systems, available in powers ranging to 450 W.

Wire EDMs Combine Speed, Precision

Available from Methods Machine Tools, the FANUC RoboCut α-CiB series of wire EDMs are designed for high precision, fast rapid traverse rates and expedited setups.

Direct Metal 3D Printer for Titanium, Stainless, Nickel Super Alloy

Methods 3D, a subsidiary of Methods Machine Tools, will be showcasing the ProX DMP 320, part of the company’s growing line of direct metal 3D printers from 3D Systems.

On-Machine Probes for Effective Process Control

The Marposs Mida Diamond line of machine tool touch probes and tool setters has been developed to control the entire production process in all of its phases, from workpiece setup and inspection to tool presetting and control.

Fully Digital Five-Axis VMC

Hardinge will display the new Bridgeport XT 630 VMC, a five-axis machining center that is fully digital and is designed for use in the aerospace, die/mold, medical and automotive industries.

Double-Column Mill for High-Speed Machining

Hurco will unveil the BX40i double-column, bridge-type CNC machine.

Web Program Recommends Appropriate Speeds, Feeds and Tools for the Job

RobbJack will demonstrate its web-based program that enables user to calculate speeds and feeds appropriate for specific machines and applications.

Hard-Milling Tools Cut Longer in Hard Materials

Crystallume will showcase its Demon hard-milling tool line, designed to cut molds in difficult materials for as much as 450 percent longer, thereby eliminating the need to switch tools during an application.

Double-Sided Round Inserts Designed for Stable Cutting

Unlike conventional round insert cutters, Iscar’s H606 family of double-sided inserts mount into the cutter body with dovetailed clamping for strength and cutting accuracy.

Software Solutions for Design, Simulation, Additive Production

Autodesk’s Netfabb software is designed to take additive manufacturing beyond prototyping and plastics to create production-grade parts at scale.

Sinker EDM for Aerospace, Production Applications

Belmont’s MX-220 Drop Tank, part of the company’s Maxicut ZNC series of sinker EDMs, features a compact footprint of 56" × 104" and a paint-to-paint design that enables multiple machine setup.

Five-Axis Machining Platform for Extrusions

C.R. Onsrud’s X-Series is a five-axis CNC machining platform designed specifically for extrusions.

HMCs Feature Advanced Control Capabilities

Makino’s new versions of the a51nx and a61nx horizontal machining centers are designed to provide expanded machining capability through vision broken tool detection, enhanced levels of inertia active control and Geometric Intelligence technologies.

Multifunctional Fluid Can Be Used Throughout the Shop

Milacron Fluid Technologies’ brand Cimcool announces the launch of its Cimpulse series of fluids.

Sinker EDMs Offer High-Speed Jumping, Thermal Control

MC Machinery Systems will display a range of Mitsubishi’s wire and sinker EDM machines, including the EA8PS and EA12PS.

Tool Line Includes Single-, Double-Sided Inserts

More than 280 items comprise Komet’s new line of milling tools, which includes bodies in inch and metric sizes.

VMC for Cutting Large, Complex Parts

Okuma’s Genos M560-VA-HC VMC combines a high column design and CAT 40 Big-Plus spindle to cut large, complex parts.

Exchangeable-Head End Mills Increase Accuracy, Repeatability

OSG’s Phoenix PXM exchangeable-head end mill series features the company’s cutting geometries and coating, which are designed to improve performance in a variety of applications and materials such as steel, stainless steel, hardened steel and heat-resistant alloys.

Machine Tool Probing Software Reduces Measurement Times

Renishaw’s probing software package is designed to automatically optimize on-machine measurement cycles to minimize cycle time and maximize productivity.

Power Lathe Chuck Decreases Setup Time

Schunk will exhibit the Rota NCX, a power lathe chuck with quick jaw-change system.

Hybrid Machine Combines Additive, Milling

The machine combines DMLS technology with high-speed milling to produce finished components.

Double-Column Machine with Direct-Drive Spindle

Takumi USA’s H-12 bridge-type, double-column CNC machining center is said to deliver improved surface finish, high precision and fast throughput with an inline, direct-drive spindle

CAM Software Maintains Constant Chip Load for Fast Roughing

Vero Software will present its Surfcam CAM software for CNC programming.

Insert System Reduces Tool, Storage Costs

Walter’s M4000 program uses an insert system that has a single, basic-shape compatibility with every M4000 body.

Larger Inserts Increase Depth of Cut, Metal Removal

Seco Tools’ Engineered Solutions Square T4-12 line of square-shoulder and helical milling cutters features larger insert sizes and enables manufacturers to achieve increased depths of cut and higher metal-removal rates when roughing and semi-finishing steel, cast iron and other workpiece materials.

Toolholders Improve Coolant Penetration

Scientific Cutting Tools’ Coolant Ring Technology holders are made from high-quality, heat-treated steel and are black-oxide coated.

Cutting Tool for Increased Turning Machine Utilization

Sandvik Coromant’s CoroTurn 300 is designed to increase component quality, handling efficiency and tool life in high-volume OD steel turning applications that require longitudinal and face-turning operations.

End Mill Series for Chatter-Free Machining

Haimer USA will display its newly expanded offering of Power Mill end mills.

Simulation Software Benefits from 3D Cutting Tool Data

CGTech’s Vericut Version 8 is CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software that simulates many types of CNC machining processes, including drilling and trimming of composite parts, waterjet cutting, riveting, robotic automation, multitasking and parallel kinematic machining.

VMC for 4+1, Five-Axis Applications

Chevalier Machinery will exhibit its new QP5X-400, a high-speed VMC featuring five-axis simultaneous or 4+1 axis positioning applications.

Extended Range of Ultrasonic Machining Centers

DMG MORI extends its ultrasonic machining center portfolio with the Ultrasonic 20 linear 2nd Generation.

Multitasking HMC Performs Multiple Operations

Kitamura Machinery’s Mycenter-HX250iG is a compact, high-speed HMC featuring rapid traverse rates of 2,362 ipm and is able to drill, mill, bore, tap, thread and turn light- to heavy-duty materials on a single machine.

CAM Strategies Improve Machining Times

Open Mind Technologies USA will present its HyperMill Maxx Machining, a set of high-performance strategies within HyperMill CAM for improved roughing, drilling and finishing.

CAM Software Enhances Productivity

Autodesk will feature PowerMill, a high-speed, multi-axis CAM solution for the verification and optimization of toolpaths.

New Grade for Steel Turning Increases Tool Life

Sumitomo’s AC8025P grade for steel turning is designed to increase productivity in a variety of steel turning applications such as continuous cutting, light-interrupted cutting and interrupted cutting.

VMC for Conventional, Ultrasonic Machining

Absolute Machine Tools presents Tongtai’s iVU-5, a VMC that offers conventional machining operations as well as rotary, ultrasonic-assisted machining of advanced materials.

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