Throwback Thursday: It Is What It Is, But What Is It?

With the right tools and experience, a mold can be plated and maintained with confidence no matter where it originated or what materials were used to build it.


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In our moldmaking world, some challenges never go away. One of them is what I call “mystery molds,” and by that, I mean molds that a shop inherits from somewhere else only to find there is no documentation. No files. No data. No history. Harry Raimondi from Bales Metal Surface Solutions addressed this problem from a mold surface treatment perspective in his feature titled “It Is What It Is, But What Is It?”

In his article, Raimondi asks readers how often they have seen a mold turn up on the landing dock with no documentation, or with little description of the tooling other than saying the base metal is “like S-7” or “like H-13.” I’ll wager almost everyone has. “Gambling on whether it really is ‘like’ what they say can be disastrous, especially when surface treatments are involved,” Raimondi says, and he goes on to provide examples of what can happen when someone gambles.

This is an informative article that deserves another look because there’s a lot to be learned from it. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome any feedback from readers who can relate!