Spring has finally made its appearance, and with it, a wide range of new/proven products! This technology roundup covers machining, cutting tools and EDM technologies. From clamping systems for CNC machines, thread grinding machines and enhanced vertical machining centers; a wire EDM module to streamline programming and a rotary EDM to reduce PCD tool cycle time; and solid carbide five-flute end mills, new exchangeable-head drill insert grades and stainless steel cutters, the available options for the moldmaking industry are endless.
Expect to see upcoming machining, EDM and cutting tool products not mentioned here published for the next few weeks under the “New Tech” section on Moldmaking Technology’s website.
When evaluating new processes for mold manufacture, jig grinding is worth a second look as machine manufacturers have now added high accuracy features to guarantee repeatable results.
With moldmaking the focus is on injection molding or other mold types that use wire EDM or CNC machining centers to create the mold components. Your typical machining center weighs several tons and has a relatively small working envelope compared to a CNC router. The mill’s massive construction lends itself to machining rigid materials with very tight tolerances. While this type of CNC is suited for injection molding components, it isn’t always the ideal tool for the job when we broaden our scope of moldmaking and the current opportunities in the marketplace
This machine tool diagnostic device allows the detection of errors noticeable only while machine tools are in motion.