MoldMaking Technology's August Digital Edition Available

This month we look at gaining control of five-axis mold machining, the internal valve gate, multi-level inspection, cultivating craftmanship, streamlining shop tracking and management, and much more.
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August’s cover shows the machining of a mold insert for a PET bottle mold. The Heidenhain TNC 640 control allowed the operator to machine the cavity in full five-axis using the dynamic precision features of the CNC as well as the mill-turn functions to machine the casing flange and the insert in the same setup. This ensured perfect concentricity, as the part did not need to be moved from the milling machine to a lathe. See related story on page 12 of our digital edition. 

Here are five great tips from this issue:

1 Understanding how data is processed helps to select the appropriate CNC control for a five-axis machine to optimize machining time, surface finish quality and workpiece accuracy. 

2 With everything housed inside the internal valve gate nozzle, mold designers can create smaller molds that cost less to produce and operate in smaller injection molding machines.

3 Increase use of cameras and lasers on the shop floor by integrating them at the molding presses and enhance in-line inspection of parts as the parts move down the conveyors.

4  Job-tracking software works with a company’s existing CAD and accounting software, which enables users to track job status and quote status and profit-and-loss data without having to invest in additional new software.

5 The successful use of recycled plastics materials in injection molding is contingent upon how the original parts are recycled and re-pelletized.

For your August issue digital edition, click here.



  • Surface Finish: Understanding Mold Surface Lingo

    The correlation between the units of measure used to define mold surfaces is a commonly raised question. This article will lay these units of measure side by side in a conversion format so that companies can confidently understand with what they are dealing.

  • Detecting Water Flow Restrictions

    A look at how taking the time and data to analyze a mold problem will help you repair it right—and permanently—the first time.

  • Think Metric, Part 3

    Insight from several technology suppliers—in design software, mold components, programming, machines, cutting tools and measurement equipment who have been following the metric trend—may help to make the transition a smooth one.