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Part geometry, machine tool, programming and cutting tool are the major variables that each moldmaker deals with daily and which play a factor in the approach that each company takes when processing a mold. Regarding cutting tools for roughing, the approach and tool you choose may be unique for each job. Check out these rough milling application tips shared bby Iscar in this 2008 article:

Plunge Milling. Plunge milling has been around for a long time and can be the most consistent form of high metal removal, especially on older machines incapable of operating at high feedrates. This consistency is a result of efficient toolpaths, as there is little wasted tool motion when compared to more common methods of machining when part geometry forces the cutter into many directional changes (e.g., Z level).

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Hawk Mold and Die Supply, Inc. has selected Grand Island, Nebraska to hold its 7th Product & Technology Showcase. Hawk has supplied its customers with mold and die components, from plastics processing products and abrasives to standard and special mold components, since 1987.  Emphasizing “Made in USA” whenever possible, for over 27 years Hawk has been the largest PCS stocking distributor in the US.  This year Hawk has selected Nebraska to hold our event.

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By: Karen Cornelissen 5. September 2017

Technology Showcase: More of What’s to Come at WESTEC


Event: WESTEC 2017, where it is said that the “brightest manufacturing minds come together to explore, evaluate, connect and do business.” The big show is only one week away!

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Labor Day and Rosie the Riveter


Today’s your day to sit back and take pride in what you do for a living, moldmakers. Happy Labor Day.

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EMO encompasses all segments of the industry like no other. Major metalworking categories such as machine tools, cutting tools and automation systems predominate, however, virtually any technology associated with metalworking will be exhibited. Visitors and exhibitors represent the widest range of global manufacturing that can be found anywhere – all in one place at one time.

Since EMO is a monster of a show covering 16 halls with more than 2,000 exhibitors from 45 countries on 1.9 million square feet, you need to go prepared. I’m heading to EMO to see milling machines, precision tools, metrology equipment, grinding technology, software, automation solutions, EDM and the latest developments in additive manufacturing. Another reason to attend is to network and learn from suppliers and users about current trends and solutions to challenges mold shops all over the world are currently facing.

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