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MoldMaking Technology’s Products section highlights equipment, software, components, services and other mold-specific innovations, maintaining a comprehensive list of products submitted from supplier companies. While our print issues can only fit a certain number of products each month, you can find many more here on our site, divided into convenient Zones based on your specific needs. 

As 2019 draws to an end, we’re stepping back to look through some of the most viewed products that YOU, our readers, have taken a glance at from MMT’s product archives. This list is compiled of products from many of our Zones, from mold materials designed for wear resistance, components used to deliver quality end products and to cutting tools that provide high-quality finishing operations. Take a look and decide if any of the following products can be used to bring your business success in 2020.

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Shop floor inspection can be a tedious or relatively innocuous part of daily operations, depending on the measurement and analysis methods shops use. However, automated measurement equipment solutions, comprising a CNC coordinate measuring machine (CMM), flexible part fixturing, and automated part handling systems, enable operators to quickly and easily change the configuration in hours versus days to accommodate completely different or redesigned parts on the shop floor during production.

The automation also eliminates the need for dedicated measurement equipment for each mold, mold component, or even molded part, while simultaneously streamlining the analysis and storage of measurement data into smart systems. A smart system combines computer-integrated manufacturing, high levels of adaptability, rapid design changes and digital information technology to achieve a system that monitors the entire process.

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There are technical people who need to keep doing technical work and then there are organizers who help push work through and keep the technical people moving with their projects. Lorena Fisher is that organizer.

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By: Heather Wintle 12/2/2019

Noteworthy News: Deals & Steals!

Noteworthy News: Deals & Steals!

Already missing the thrill of all those great Black Friday bargains? Lucky for you, it’s still the season for a good deal, even within the mold manufacturing industry. Below are some of the promotions and offers from supplier companies that you can take advantage of now to better your business, including such things as donations for your purchases, implementation of request for quotes services, warranty programs and more! 

 

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As machining capabilities become more and more sophisticated, mold manufacturers are moving towards machining parts as close to near net shape as possible in the milling process. Grinding and polishing can be time-intensive and expensive operations. The more we can shorten these processes, the more we drive manual work and cost out of an operation.

Traditionally, ball nose tools have been used to try and finish parts as close to near net shape as possible. This is accomplished by using the radius at the end of the tool and taking small step over tool paths to minimize the scallop to an amplitude that fits within the surface finish specification. The advantages of this approach are that it eases programming, makes it possible to reach deep into cavities and allows the inclination angle to be versatile. The main disadvantage of using this process is that it requires many tool passes, resulting in very high cycle times.

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