Rapid prototyping allows the mold builder to produce a functional model to validate part design, fit and function before the mold is produced.Refined Product Designs Lessen Mold Rework
The often overlooked benefit to additive fabrication: multiple iterations.“I Don’t Know What I Want”
What would you like your maintenance system to do for you?In-Mold Labeling Looks to High-Output Molds for Growth
Moldmakers seek to combine ultrafast cycles and high-speed automation in tool designs.Cost and Control Benefits of Permanent Product Traceability
Measuring the value of the right date code insert through your requirements, and its reliability and readability.Rediscovering CAM
Exploring underused CAM features that can improve moldmaking productivity and trim operating costs.Die Cast Dies: The Benefits of a Proactive Tool Build
The advantages of the two basic styles of vacuum approaches: valve and valve-less.Defining the Standard Mold Base
When buying a standard mold base there should be expectations regarding quality, price and delivery.Benefits of Positional Five-Axis Machining
Why rely on five-axis machining and where can it be applied; strategies and considerations for five-axis machining; and, cutter path optimization.When Is Ultrasonic Polishing Equipment Justified?
Ultrasonic polishing is ideal and justifiable when work on small to very small details is required.How to Choose the Correct Ejector Pin?
The importance of working temperature during the ejector pin selection process.
New cutting tools offer increased tool life, decreased spindle wear and greater cutting speed—resulting in shorter leadtimes.
The same rod cannot achieve all welds as well as color and texture match. The key is finding out exactly what the rod is capable of by looking at the chemical and physical tests.
A patented standard mold base—the Lightning Base—uses one common base with interchangeable inserts for various parts.Reference Selling
One of the best methods for finding new customers is having your existing happy customers lead you to new ones. This column will talk about reference selling, what it means and how to do it.Measuring Up
How do you know if you measure up if there is no data against which you can measure?Joining Forces for Shop Survival
Get tax credits, share best practices and pool resources by joining a collaborative effort. It can be key to your shop’s longevity.
Mold Business Index for March 2007
This moldmaker plays it close to the vest with strategies and practices, but one can learn from its serious investment in the latest technologies to provide quick-turn and RP tooling in record time.