Mold manufacturers who take the time to educate themselves on cylindrical grinding will reap the benefits of the advantages achieved with cylindrical grinding in their mold manufacturing operations—decreased costs, superior surface finishes and high flexibility.
Eliminating chatter is a great way to improve surface finish when performing CNC milling. Okuma's Machining Navi M-i detects chatter and automatically adjusts spindle speed to eliminate chatter, thus improving surface finish. This is a terrific tool for the mold/die industry.
Machines with linear motors instead of ballscrews have increased productivity for one die maker.
Video about using linear motor 5-axis machines at Die Tech & Engineering in Wyoming Michigan near Grand Rapids. Simultaneous five axis contour milling of hardened tool steel.
Erowa discusses workholding options for greater machining center efficiency.
XLAForm describes a process for making molds quickly by infusing a 3D printed tool.
Learn about the comparison between additive manufacturing and low-volume injection molding in this video presentation.
This video from Fabrisonic shows ultrasonic additive manufacturing being used to produce a mold with conformal cooling channels.
Rick Hecker, Gary Schulz and Michael Nye of Eifel Mold & Engineering (Fraser, MI) describe the shop's use of 3+2 machining to mill injection molds.
This mold maker describes its use of both tilting-spindle and tilting-table five-axis machines. .