From Craft to Science
MoldMaking Technology

For this shop, efforts to adapt to technology that reduces the need for human labor have driven a fundamental and ongoing shift to a more standardized manufacturing process.

Going to Extremes with EDM Drilling
MoldMaking Technology

Expertise in drilling start holes helps this wire EDM shop give 110 percent on every job without breaking the bank.

Sodick Linear-Motor-Driven Wire EDMs Improve Cutting Speeds
MoldMaking Technology

Sodick’s SL-G range of linear-motor-driven wire EDMs includes the SL400G and SL600G.

Makino Wire EDM Expands Precision Micromachining Capabilities
MoldMaking Technology

The UPN-01 ultra-precision horizontal wire EDM from Makino is well-suited for micro-tolerance and fine surface finish applications.

Improve and Simplify Wire EDM
MoldMaking Technology

A CAD/CAM system with dedicated wire EDM functionality should allow the user to select a specific machine from within the system and apply the conditions to the machining operations.

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Moldmakers rely on electrical discharge machining (EDM) routinely. EDM refers to wire, sinker and small-hole EDM. Sinker includes an electrode and a workpiece both submerged in dielectric fluid; wire uses a thin wire to cut with electricity; and, with small hole an electrode is a cylinder used to machine a hole. Considerations for EDM efficiency include depth, accuracy and finish, and components to consider include drives, generator, programming system and flushing. Other facets include wires, electrodes, graphite, filters and fluids.
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