MMT Participates in New Moulding Expo

A trip to Stuttgart, Germany this month exposed me to suppliers interested in reaching the North American moldmaking marketplace with their technology solutions, including new simulation software, a unique isolated mold insert concept and gantry-type, heavy portal milling machines.

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After attending this inaugral Moulding Expo in Stuttgart, Germany, I'd have to say that it was quite impressive. Around 15,000 visitors from 44 countries participated, and MoldMaking Technology was among its more than 600 exhibitors showcasing everything from 3D printing and CAD/CAM to hot runners and mold components to cutting tools and machine tools to automation and mold repair equipment, and much more. Most attendees traveled from Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France, but represented automotive, mold building, mechanical engineering, plant construction, plastics, metal working, processing and production.

The interesting discovery for me was the number of suppliers interested in reaching the North American marketplace with their technology solutions, including new simulation software with faster calculation times, a unique isolated mold insert concept for temperature regulation and gantry-type, heavy portal milling machines

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Another highlight was a pavilion organized by German moldmaking association VDWF that showcased a nice display of the country's mold building capabilities. 

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This event emphasized the 'community' feeling of our industry back home. It's nice to see that feeling crosses borders. The next Moulding Expo is scheduled to return to Stuttgart, Germany in May 2017.

Show organizers have compiled the best moments of this inaugural event for everyone who wasn't there. See all the photos here

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