VIDEO: New Recruitment Tool on How Moldmaking Careers Make a Difference

By: Christina M. Fuges 3. March 2015

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The concept was to allow young professionals currently working in our industry to share their own personal journeys and thereby help educate a future generation of workers about the fulfilling, lucrative career opportunities available in mold manufacturing. We thought the best way to convey these stories would be through a video, so we sought support from the American Mold Builders Association, the Society of the Plastics Industry, the Mold Making and Mold Design Division of the Society of Plastics EngineersProject Lead the WayCreative TechnologyNyproMold, and Nyprto help this idea come to life.

This video focuses on the NyproMold/Nypro team that helped create an IV tube check valve that ultimately can save people’s lives. It offers an inside look at the processes and people behind mold manufacturing. Our hope is that it also shows promising career opportunities for creative, technology-minded youth who want to make a difference in the world. 

What an exhilarating experience—from learning about the making of a lifesaving medical device to meeting an incredibly passionate group of young mold manufacturing professionals to making my directorial debut (with plenty of assistance) to seeing the finished product.  

The end result is a new recruitment tool, which we hope you will view and then share with your local communities, schools and government officials. In addition to the video, we published a teacher’s manual and DVD that will be mailed to 5,000+ Project Lead the Way STEM educators. You can get a copy by stopping at booths S29001 or W2602 during NPE2015, or view the video here.

WEBINAR: Learn How Recruiting and Reshoring Can Help Fill the Skills Gap

By: Christina M. Fuges 27. February 2015

Harry Moser of the Reshoring Initiative will kick off MoldMaking Technology's 2015 Educational Webinar Series on March 10th with a breakdown of evidence that shows manufacturing is returning to the U.S. and that the skilled manufacturing “professions” are a better choice for most of our youth. He'll also present tools for making the required changes in perception within your community.

One such tool is The Reshoring Initiative, which documents reshoring trends and provides ways to compare the economics of offshoring to reshoring.  Reshoring needs recruiting to provide the required quantity and quality of skilled workforce. Recruiting needs reshoring to demonstrate the wisdom of choosing a manufacturing career. Learn how you can help accelerate both trends.

Click here to register for free today!


New Way to Adopt Additive Manufacturing Is Recognized

By: Christina M. Fuges 26. February 2015

Photo courtesy of Hamuel Reichenbacher.

The past couple of years has seen some major moves and advancements within the world of additive manufacturing, and one of those developments--a hybrid technology solution that offers a new way to adopt additive manufacturing for CNC operators--has just been awarded the first-ever International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA).

The jury for the inaugural IAMA selected Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd., of the United Kingdom and Plano, Texas, as its winning submission. The award will be presented on March 6th at The MFG Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Hybrid Manufacturing’s hybrid methodology integrates directed energy deposition into a multi-axis CNC machine using a tool changer to change between processes. It can be integrated into any CNC machine to allow for metal deposition (via laser cladding), finishing and inspection of parts on a single machine.

"Hybrid technology is exciting because it offers a new way to adopt additive manufacturing – as an upgrade to a CNC machine tool.  Adding tool-changeable deposition heads to an existing CNC machine enables 3D printing of metal, without the need to buy a separate machine,” says Dr. Jason Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies. “This significantly reduces costs and provides an intuitive adoption path for CNC operators. The combination of additive with machining offers new capabilities, including in-process finishing, that cannot be delivered by either technology independently.”

The IAMA is the result of a partnership between AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and VDW-Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association). AMT and VDW, with media support from Gardner Business Media and VDI Nachrichten and sponsored by the European Machine Tool Association CECIMO, announced the annual IAMA at IMTS-The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014. 

Read more on this technology here.

Top 10 Reasons to Register for Amerimold!

By: Christina M. Fuges 24. February 2015

With MMT's "Top 10 Reasons to be a MoldMaker" t-shirts in mind, our Events Department shares the "Top 10 Reasons to Pre-Register for Amerimold"

10. Discuss project and part challenges directly with leading equipment and service suppliers.

9. Pre-registration is free! Use code PreVIP.

8. Learn the latest in designing, building and maintaining molds at the Amerimold technical conference.

7. Pre-registrants receive a “Top 10 reasons to be a MoldMaker” T-Shirt.

6. New this year, Amerimold is co-located with Molding 2015, allowing for access to a broader audience.

5. Meet with tool and mold manufacturers that can help expand your business and your production.

4. Network with industry experts that can help improve your processes.

3. Learn how to make maintenance profitable and techniques on effectively machining three-dimensional parts through the NEW Workshops.

2. Research the latest tools for mold design & engineering.

And, the #1 reason to pre-registering...Find out at Amerimold June 17-18 at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont, IL.


Centers of Excellence for Moldmaking

By: Christina M. Fuges 19. February 2015

As seen in our February article on using supplier collaboration to improve profitability, this same blow moldmaker knows the value of strategic partnerships. Creative Blow Mold Tooling of Lee’s Summit and Big 3 Precision located in Centralia, Illnois recently teamed up to create Centers of Excellence (CoE) for the design and manufacture of injection blow, injection stretch blow (IBM/ISBM) and extrusion blow molds (EBM). These CoE are built upon Creative's 30 years of experience in EBM tooling and Big 3's focus on the IBM/ISBM market.

The goal of the partnership and the CoE is to help existing customers with speed to market through increased product development and support. Big 3 and Creative also intend to use the CoE concept to help balance engineering and manufacturing capacity, increase efficiencies, and further reduce lead times for customers. The partnership will allow customers to source tooling on complementary platforms through a known and trusted business partner.

As a primary supplier, each company will be able to tap into the CoE for engineering and manufacturing leadership, project management, and technical support. The primary supplier will be responsible for program management and manufacturing. The newly formed alliance will be a partnership of the companies’ technical capabilities and expertise.


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