New Amerimold Expo Website

By: Christina M. Fuges 21. November 2014

With the new year right around the corner, we want to make sure you have Amerimold 2015 on your travel calendars. We have revamped the website to more easily bring you the event details you need to make your plans, including a 2014 post show review, exhibitor list, floor plan, education, events, hotel and registration information. 

For 2015 the technical conference will continue with its Engineer, Build, Maintain focus, but we will be offering more session options to cover more technology topics as requested. New for this event will be the colocation of the Molding 2015 conference sponsored by Plastics Technology magazine, which coincides with our efforts to bridge the gap between the mold manufacturing and processing worlds. 

The Molding conference will focus on innovations in manufacturing technologies of consumer and industrial products. Industry leaders will present the latest development in various injection molding processes, hardware and controls.

Take a look at the new site today, but be sure to check back regularly for updates as we develop the programming. 



VIDEO: Making Gun Parts

By: Christina M. Fuges 20. November 2014

Okuma manufactures CNC machine tools, drives, motors, encoders, spindles and CNC controls, and its new video series demonstrates this technology in gun parts manufacturing. The videos showcase the machining of a custom-designed rifle stock mold on a vertical machining center; an AR15 Upper being machined on a horizontal machining center; a gun barrel extension being cut on a horizontal lathe, which uses a variety of cutting tools and operations; a commemorative gun-shaped plaque for a firearms event being milled a small vertical machining center; a 1911 trigger housing being machined on a vertical machining center equipped with a rotary table; and, a .50 caliber revolver cylinder being cut on a three turret horizontal lathe.

Note: Some of the videos were filmed without the use of coolant, to better show the cutting capabilities of the machine, without visual interference. CNC machine operation without coolant is not recommended.

Trade Fair Takeaways

By: Christina M. Fuges 18. November 2014

(L to R) Glenn Starkey, SPE Mold Making and Mold Design Division Chair; Christina Fuges, MoldMaking Technology; Jill Brandts, SPI Western Moldmakers Division; and Cyndi Kustush, SPE Mold Making and Mold Design Division.

1. Anything with a handle is a candidate for conformal cooling.

2. When investing in new technology think B.R.A.I.N (Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition and No go).

3. Disorganization in the toolroom does lead to disaster.

These are just three of the many tidbits attendees walked away with from last week's SPI Western Moldmakers Division Annual Mike Koebel Trade Fair in Pomona, California. This year marks the fair's first time offering a conference track prior to the fair's late afternoon exhibit and networking event.

Click HERE for more takeaways.

MoldMaking Technology teamed up with Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Mold Making and Mold Design Division as well as the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) to select three of the top presentation topics from Amerimold 2014 in Novi, Michigan, to update  and then repeat to this west coast audience.

Lou Young from Livonia, Michigan's Linear Mold presented the dollars and sense of conformal cooling; Andrew Samrick of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Paragon D&E shared lessons learned from the company's profiting and pitfalls of new technology investment; and Steve Shannon of ToolingDocs out of Ashland, Ohio, discussed the impact of a truly organized toolroom.

A room of 30 attendees filled the seats for the first-time conference, while the fair drew in attendance numbers it has not seen in years: 150 attendees. A successful afternoon and evening; definitely a foundation to build upon for the Fair's 25th anniversary next year!

Webinar: Global Market Opportunities for U.S. Moldmakers: Europe

By: Christina M. Fuges 13. November 2014

In 2012, taken as a whole, the current 28 member states of the European Union received more than $7.6 billion in exports from the U.S. plastics industry. Although the difficulty of market entry and the level of competition can be high in the EU28, some member states are definitely more attractive than others.

This webinar will examine the top 10 export markets of the EU for U.S. molds for plastics, based on total dollar value and answer questions related to opportunities in Europe by analyzing five of the EU economies based on their macroeconomic environments, potential for growth and export strength, with regards to the plastics and mold industries.

By attending this final installment of MMT's quarterly educational webinar series sponsored by DME and brought you by the SPI, you will learn about export markets specifically attractive to U.S. mold manufacturers, and how to size up these market opportunities comparatively.

Register here.


Digital Edition of Additive Manufacturing November Issue Now Available

By: Christina M. Fuges 11. November 2014


The digital edition of MMT's November Additive Manufaturing Supplement is now available. This edition features a story that emphasizes how additive manufacturing greatly impacts Harbec Inc. by the versatility it offers, which has allowed the company to offer different solutions from other manufacturers. This issue also highlights how Lockheed Martin aims to apply additive manufacturing within a process that keeps all manufacturing information inside the digital realm.

Click here for the digital edition.

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