Euromold Evolves, but Maintains Focus

Additive technology was a big draw at this year’s Euromold show, but traditional players have plenty to showcase as well.


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Progressive Components showcased this demonstration of its CVe monitoring system. View the picture gallery for more information on this and other offerings that caught my eye at Euromold. 


By far the most travelled aisles of the Euromold show last week in Frankfurt, Germany were occupied by technology that, so far, occupies a peripheral role in the manufacturing of production tooling. Yet the mere fact that laser sintering, fused deposition modeling and other such technologies have found a home—and an audience—at the world's largest mold and die show could be seen as evidence that manufacturers in this sector who dismiss additive technology do so at their own peril. After all, one reason MMT attends Euromold year after year is that the technologies showcased at this event often forecast what North American manufacturers will be doing in the future, and all indications are that shops here are ready to invest.

Of course, the show also remains indispensable for more traditional players in the die and mold industry. This picture gallery showcases just a few examples of the technology they had on display. Stay tuned later this week for more on the additive side. 


  • Methods of Rapid Tooling Worldwide

    In the short term, indirect methods of RT will continue to flourish because these methods are the most developed. In the long term, however, companies will lean toward direct methods of tooling.

  • Validate the Design First with Rapid Prototyping

    Rapid prototyping allows the mold builder to produce a functional model to validate part design, fit and function before the mold is produced.

  • Success with Conformal Cooling Using Direct Metal Laser Sintering

    Featured project from Phillips Plastics. The design for the DMLS conformal cooling tool insert incorporated channels that were designed to quickly and evenly cool individual cavities within the piece, which would not have been possible with conventional mold technologies. Expectations were reduced cycle time and higher quality parts.