Trochoidal toolpaths are available on most CAD/CAM systems, yet are rarely used or even known. By using trochoidal toolpaths and hybrid trochoidal toolpaths you can successfully machine exotic materials.Analysis of the Additive Manufacturing (AM) Industry Worldwide, Part I
After more than two decades of research, development and use, the additive manufacturing industry continues to expand with the introduction of new technologies, methods and applications. Additive processes have had a tremendous impact on design and manufacturing, and this impact will continue to grow in the coming years.Optimizing Aluminum Tools
Plating aluminum molds for longer production life.Tooling Transfer: Sampling Success
Fifteen steps to facilitate a smooth tool transfer between the OEM, new molder and your shop.Hydraulic Fluid Reduces Energy Consumption by Eight Percent
An energy-efficient hydraulic fluid has been developed for use with CNC machines that features low-deposit forming tendencies, provides equipment protection and can extend oil maintenance intervals.3-D Laser Scanning Opens the Door to Inspection And Reverse Engineering for Moldmakers
Next-generation scanning technology precisely captures large and small molds.Overall Equipment Effectiveness
Gemba is a Japanese Term, and literally means gathering of the people/actual placeExpose Yourself!
We have enjoyed additional customer inquiries based on the awards.It’s a Small World in the Electronics Market
As electronics devices continue to shrink in size, an opportunity arises to enter the world of micro moldmaking to expand your businessTo Rail or Not to Rail
One of the most interesting parts of performing a maintenance capability assessment (MCA) in mold plants around the globe is observing the different styles practiced when repair technicians work on molds. When talking to repair techs about why they like a particular method or tool it is easy to see why they would think there is only one way to do things. It’s simply how they were taught by the older, tenured repair technicians.Supply Chain Risk, Volatility Offer Opportunity
As I write this, reports are circulating about the U.S. economy showing signs of rebounding. But until unemployment begins to rise with any significance and housing foreclosures slow down, I’m skeptical. Without demand, there’s no supply. But as precarious as things are—and as far as U.S. manufacturing has suffered during and before this Great Recession—opportunities do still exist for machining businesses in the U.S.
This blow mold manufacturer finds a software package that is able to work with complex curves and surfaces quickly and efficiently.
Reducing costs and achieving greater productivity within an existing mold manufacturing facility, while improving customer service, are all essential to softening the impact of these uncertain economic times. It’s a difficult challenge, but one that can be successfully met by initiating simple automation. Simple automation is the installation and integration of automated storage and retrieval systems— such as vertical and horizontal carousels and vertical lift modules (VLMs)—into mold manufacturing operations.
56.5 Total Mold Business Index for August 2009 The total Mold Business Index is a weighted average of the sub-indices for new orders, production, employees, backlog, exports and supplier deliveries.
This one-woman consulting firm has made it her mission to help moldmakers establish coalitions.