3D Printing: Viewpoints from the MMT Editorial Advisory Board, Part 1
Each month, MMT has published editorial from its advisory board about 3D printing’s current and future prospects in moldmaking. Here are a few of them.
In each 2019 issue of MoldMaking Technology, members of our editorial advisory board have contributed their viewpoints about additive manufacturing and its role in moldmaking. What’s interesting is that each company has a different level of experience with the technology. Not everyone has invested in it for their shops, but all see the value of using it to educate, to produce better cooling solutions and to explore even more possible uses for it to advance mold manufacturing.
Below are summaries and links to four of our EAB members’ columns.
Putting 3D Printing to Work – Ryan Katen, Micro Mold Co. & Plastikos
together have invested more than $400,000 in technologies and processes related to 3D printing and reverse engineering over the last three years.
A Systematic Approach to Laser Sintering – Richard Stueber, NyproMold
As an early adopter of laser sintering technology, NyproMold uses a very focused, two-step strategy for evaluating when it makes sense to use it.
3D Printing Offers a Link to Manufacturing Careers – Kylee Carbone, Westminster Tool
Evaluating 3D printing’s role in workforce development.
Digital Manufacturing Insights – Gabe Meldrum, Midwest Mold Services (formerly of International Mold Corp.)
When it comes to digital manufacturing, International Mold Corp. uses scanning, reverse engineering, and inspection, but has not ventured into 3D printing. A team attended an integrated digital manufacturing conference to learn more. Here is what they discovered.
To learn more about 3D printing in moldmaking, visit MMT’s Additive Manufacturing Zone.
How-to, step-by-step instructions that take you from making the master pattern to making the mold and casting the plastic parts.
Both copper and graphite provide approximately the same end result, so it is important for a shop to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each material in order to discover what would work best in their shopfloor environment.
Correct alignment lock selection will reduce maintenance costs, molding downtime and increase part quality over the mold’s entire life.