Conformal Cooling Conference Review

The inaugural launch of the first Conformal Cooling Conference on Sept. 17 in Troy, Michigan, was a success with 32 attendees that came from as far west as California and as far east as Rhode Island, and from Canada.

Conformal cooling of injection molds is a game changer in the molding industry. Typical cycle reductions of 20 to 40 percent can be realized, lower reject rates are accomplished because of uniform cooling and stronger parts are achieved through lower molded-in stress.
 
Robert A. Beard & Associates, Inc. and Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) held the inaugural 2014 Conformal Cooling Conference on injection molding technology for increased efficiency and profitability on Wednesday, September 17 at Automation Alley in Troy, Michigan. 
 
It was a success with 32 attendees that came from as far west as California and as far east as Rhode Island, and from Canada.
 
Attendees listened to a two-hour presentation from Jeff Higgins of Moldflow on the do’s & don’ts of designing and simulating conformal cooling channels before building the mold. They also listened to two experts from Germany. Reiner Westoff from CONTURA MTC GmbH presented on vacuum brazed conformal molds and Augustin Niavas from EOS GmbH spoke on Direct Metal Laser Sintering DMLS. Doug Hepler from Polyshot Corporation Inc. spoke on vacuum brazed hot runner systems.
 
The topics covered actual applications of conformal molds, repair and maintenance of both
vacuum brazed and DMLS molds, troubleshooting of both types of molds, and the synergy
between conformal molds and the application of rapid heat rapid cooled technology. The
conference gave the attendees an opportunity to pepper the speakers with very probing
questions. Attendees interviewed commented that the format was rreat format and the technical information was sound; topic was interesting and very informative.