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Successful production of plastic components depends on mold material selection: final plastic part requirements, cosmetic requirements, resin type, filler content, expected tool life, production environment, expected cycle time, heat treatment, weldability and machinability.

 

Mold material selection is more than just a matter of choosing the cheapest or easiest material available at a given time. It’s a process, as critical to the success of a mold as the design and machining protocols used to build it. Today’s TBT provides a tutorial on factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing mold materials, and there are several, including:

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OSHA rules for compliance by SCT

 

Rob Medlock is the senior vice president of general industry for SCT, a woman-owned business enterprise delivering comprehensive occupational safety and health solutions to both the public and private sectors. SCT’s mission is to provide clients with reliable and responsible services that will save costs and create efficiencies without compromising environmental, occupational, and engineering quality. They handle Occupational Health SolutionsWorkplace Audits & OSHA Compliance SolutionsSafety and Health Training ProgramsComprehensive Engineering Services and Expert Witness Services.

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Additive Manufacturing is a magazine focusing on the use of 3D printing technologies to make functional products such as mold tooling and end-use parts. Some of the processes and applications of particular interest to mold manufacturers include conformal cooling, metal laser sintering hybrid milling, 3D printed tooling, 3D printed jigs and fixtures, repair and safety, to name a few. Here are some of the stories I produced over the past few years. I believe they are worth a first, or second, look.  

1 A traditional mold manufacturer or injection molder can and should embrace additive manufacturing, because it is truly complementary to its existing processes and adds value, says VistaTek.

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Last week I received a press release from Shop Floor Automations, Inc. that reads almost more like an email or letter describing some “unexpected” benefits of monitoring machines in the shop. In the age of Industry 4.0, which some consider to be the next industrial revolution, having a software program in place that helps track productivity in the workplace is becoming a necessity versus a preference.

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Manufacturing Day 2017

 

I was recently reminded that October is just around the corner—and that means that Manufacturing Day, which is always the first Friday in October, is almost here. What will you do to help promote moldmaking as a career?

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