From the Field: Programming Software for Producing Playmobile Toy Molds
If it is still the norm in many tool- and moldmaking businesses to carry out programming either offline or directly on the machine, then the Playmobil example shows that a combination of both provides a lot of scope for creating and implementing new ideas. Based in Nuremberg, Germany, Geobra Brandstätter GmbH & Co. KG first introduced their toy molding system in 1974. Today, the company manufactures thousands of parts and about 600 new individual characters are added every year. Creativity is key here, from development right through to production. It is also a common practice that the designers here “turn a creative hand” to their three- and five-axis DMG vertical machining centers for the moldmaking process. The speed and flexibility of this process is enhanced by the onboard Siemens Sinumerik 840D CNC controls and ShopMill, the applicable shopfloor-oriented numerical control programming software.