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The key advantage of native data, compared with STEP files or other exchange formats, is that it can be easily modified, which also makes it much easier to handle the data of required components in parts lists. Hasco was prompted to offer this data to optimize the design of injection molds through the close cooperation with the Radtke design office in Espelkamp/Germany. Over the past few years, Radtke has been working intensively on the use of native data and has shown how users can benefit from the options and advantages it opens up.

After founding his own business on the side in 1993 and switching to full self-employment in 1997, Horst Radtke, founder and owner of the Radtke design office, made the move into 3D-CAD design. Today, the company employs four designers and one technical drawer for the design of injection molds. Since 2016, the company has been consistently pursuing the rejuvenation process required for the future. 

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Popular Posts: February 2020

It’s the end of the month, so that means it’s time to look back and reflect on the five most popular blog posts from February. These are the most viewed articles that readers like you have read and enjoyed, so don’t miss out on what everyone else is reading. Take a look and learn some more about what’s going on in the moldmaking community. 

 

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I work within the moldmaking community where the conversation often turns to people. People are what make the world go around, and they are certainly the key to making things happen within a shop, a community, an industry. I agree. So, I hope it goes without saying that my thoughts and prayers go out to all those individuals and families who continue to be impacted by the effects of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

However I would be remiss if I did not mention the concerns people are sharing with me via email and social media about the impact of the COVID-19 on manufacturing here and abroad, and the argument for manufacturers to take a good hard look at their supply chains to avoid this economic disruption in the future.

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Solving specific problems and sharing best practices is the way Fortify is educating mold manufacturers and molders about its ceramic fiber-reinforced 3D-printed cavity and core sets for low-volume prototyping. 

Ben Arnold of Fortify and John Eastham of Ideal Systems team up for a free webinar that presents a little history of Fortify’s technology platform (digital composite manufacturing), details on the beta machine set to hit the market in early June 2020, the importance of ceramic fiber reinforcement, material properties and tolerances, part selection, design guidelines, ejection, ramp up and operation, cooling and cycle time, and best practices for using reinforced 3D printed tools.

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Sometimes, the costs you avoid can be more impactful than those you incur.

This was the case for Plasti-Coil, a family-owned injection molder in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, known for successfully molding tight tolerance and high-precision parts.

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