Amerimold 2017: Multitudes of Metalworking Materials and Machines
Amerimold proved once again that it is THE event for moldmaking. Whatever aisle one ventured down during Amerimold on June 14-15 in Chicago, displays of cutting tools, machine tools, mold materials and components, EDM supplies and so much more filled the senses. Attendees commented often about how large Amerimold has grown, and with more than 200 exhibitors, they’d be correct.
Today’s review of Amerimold focuses on metalworking-related products and services that could be found along each aisle, and readers can expect more slideshows featuring other highlights through the end of June. It is our hope that those who were unable to join us this year will appreciate a nice overview of what was missed (and we hope they will join us next year in Novi, Michigan), and those who did attend will find these blogs to be helpful reminders of products and services showcased.
- Mold Materials
- Mold Components
- Cutting Tools
- Alliance Specialties and Laser Sales Inc.
- Alro Steel Corporation
- Amada Machine Tools America, Inc.
- BORIDE Engineered Abrasives
- CAM-TOOL by CGS North America, Inc.
- DME Company
- Edro Engineering and Specialty Steels, Inc.
- Haimer USA
- HASCO America, Inc.
- Hwacheon Machinery America
- International Mold Steel Inc.
- Progressive Components
- RobbJack Corporation
- Takumi USA
- TopSolid / Missler Software, Inc.
- Toyoda Americas Corporation
- Wisconsin Engraving / UNITEX
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.
Examine the wire’s properties to determine the right one for achieving the best cut.
If you’ve been torn in the long-standing, unresolved debate over whether graphite or copper is a better EDM electrode material, here are some considerations identifying differences in cost, detail and performance to help you select the appropriate material for EDM applications.