Slideshow, Technology Showcase: Molds and Molding
Last month I was able to escape a nasty winter storm by heading to the warm west coast where many mold builders, molders and technology suppliers set up shop to show off their capabilities.
The Plastec West and MD&M West events combine to create a place where moldmakers and molders can see technology and show off their capabilities, and on the west coast during the cold winter season the rest of the country is hoping to escape.
The events provide a large collection of advanced design and manufacturing technology suppliers from 3D printing, injection molding, mold components, hot runners and more. This slideshow provides a glimpse of what I saw during the three days I attended both events.
Moldmakers need to be aware of how different gating technology can affect their customers when designing a hot runner system into a mold.
Correct alignment lock selection will reduce maintenance costs, molding downtime and increase part quality over the mold’s entire life.
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.