MMT's May Digital Edition Is Now Available

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This month we look at how simulation of both the induction heating and injection molding processes can optimize cycle time and final part results; how normal vectors are not always the best choice for milling complex mold surfaces; how hard-coating provides benefits that make aluminum tooling an attractive alternative to steel, how tool center point management streamlines five-axis programming and setup, and much more.

Other topics include: social media, cost management, profile of Superior Tooling, a software case study, a repair case study, Pellet to Part (P2P) on mold cooling, speical Amerimold Expo Exhibitor Product Focus, MoldMaking Business Index, Automotive/Transportation and Consumer Products end market reports and our tip on 3D machining with demo video.

Click here for our digital edition.


  • A Review of Copper Alloys for Plastic Injection Molding

    Copper alloys are attractive to the mold industry because of their high thermal conductivity, ease of machining by a variety of processes, and corrosion resistance to water, cooling fluids and the plastics being injected.

  • The Realities of Aluminum Tooling

    Using aluminum tooling instead of traditional tools steels reduces cycle time and costs, but requires up-front, open communications between moldmaker, molder, material supplier and hot runner manifold supplier.

  • Let’s Be Clear About Aluminum

    Within the injection molding industry, a negative perception of aluminum for anything but prototype plastic parts persists, despite aluminum tooling being able to produce and run almost any resin that steel can, as well as produce millions of shots with unfilled resin with uniform results.