MMT ZONE: Machining


Where Do 3D-Printed Molds Make Sense?
Modern Machine Shop

Stratasys describes the capabilities and limitations of 3D “digital ABS” molds for making plastic parts through injection molding or blow molding.

Linear Rollerway VMC Suited for Die-Mold Work
MoldMaking Technology

Well-suited for die-mold manufacturing, the heavy-duty SVL-4525 linear rollerway vertical machining center from Sharp Industries features travels of 45” x 25” x 20”; a high-speed, direct-drive 15,000-rpm spindle; rapid traverse ranging to 1,417 ipm; and a 24-hp motor.

5-Axis VMC Features Direct-Drive Spindle
MoldMaking Technology

Collaboratively designed and built by Methods Machine Tools and Yasada, the PX30i five-axis automated vertical machining center features a direct-drive spindle with self-adjusting preload, designed for improved performance and increased spindle life.

Tabletop Milling Machine Enclosure Keeps Work Area Clean
MoldMaking Technology

Aerowell LLC offers tabletop enclosures for vertical or knee-type milling machines that are designed to capture chips, use flood coolant and keep the work area clean.

Machining Center Performs 5-Axis Contouring
MoldMaking Technology

Designed for simultaneous five-axis contouring of a range of complex parts, Doosan’s FM 200/5AX Linear five-axis machining center is built on a rigid bridge-type base composed of a highly stable mineral composite material.

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Machining (via the machine tool and cutting tool) shapes metal workpieces. Understanding both traditional and advanced machining techniques is critical to overcoming the various dimensional and finish challenges associated with mold machining. Processes include milling, drilling, grinding, high-speed machining, five-axis, hard milling, micro machining, large mold machining, multi-tasking, waterjet and laser. Workholding is also important.
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