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Five years and counting… That’s how long the Chicago Chapter of the American Mold Builders Association has been concentrating its efforts and resources on educating students, parents, teachers and councilors about the many rewarding career opportunities available in the moldmaking industry. This was also the fifth year of its successful Supplier Night fundraising event, which benefits its Education Committee’s programs.

In 2014, the Chicago Chapter board established its Education Committee—all based on the excitement and urgency of members who watched a video, produced by Creative Technology Corp., featuring a student-run company called Cardinal Manufacturing, a vocational manufacturing program formed by Craig Cegielski, an inspired instructor at Eleva-Strum High School in Strum, Wisconsin. 

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When it comes to any new technology, the trick is determining the right time to buy in, and that has been a definite challenge for mold builders looking to invest in additive manufacturing (AM).

“For a while now, everyone has been paying attention to additive technologies. We at Custom Mold & Design (CMD) pay specific attention to the curve of new technologies. What I mean is, there is a point at which a shop can buy into technology too early and at a premium price, which ends up being cost-intensive when the technology supplier develops a better model,” says Vice President Lester Jones.

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By: Heather Wintle 10/8/2019

Noteworthy News: Industry Wrap-Up

Noteworthy News: Industry Wrap-Up

Fallen behind on the latest industry updates? No worries, MoldMaking Technology has got your back. Check back to our site weekly to see some of the most recent news releases on business expansions, company partnerships, event promotions, workforce development initiatives, education resources and just general exciting moldmaking news!

Here’s a wrap-up of some the most recent news releases:

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With K 2019 only a couple weeks away, I am getting excited to pack my bags and hit the show floor of this immense, international plastics event.  To help explain what this show offers attendees and exhibitors alike, here I am sharing a report by show organizers that explains what they believe to be two important growth areas for North American plastics manufacturers:
 

Electric vehicles (EVs) are common in North America, if underrepresented when compared with the number of cars and trucks powered by internal combustion engines. EVs, however, are more reliant on plastics to achieve the weight they need for optimum cruising range with a manageable battery size. Too much vehicle weight necessitates a disproportionately large battery (the ratio is geometric), which in turn requires an inordinate amount of interior space and consequent tradeoffs in vehicle design and passenger comfort.

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