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Machining

CNC Monitoring Software Improves Machine Performance and Utilization

By: Anthony Watson Applications Engineer, TST Tooling Software Technology

RCO Engineering using a monitoring system to monitor setups, idle time, programming, and quality checks, reducing CNC machine downtime.

Additive Manufacturing

Print the Whole Injection Mold in HSS to Increase Tool Life

By: Barbara Schulz

A German mold builder offers a solution for printing high-speed steels with high carbon content to produce highly dense and wear-resistant molds via selective laser melting.

MMT Chats: Working On and In an Apprenticeship Program

By: Christina M. Fuges

Four years later I follow up with two young moldmaking professionals who continue to help develop the apprenticeship program that got them to where they are today.
#education

Design & Manufacturing Software

Combining Customized Software with CMM Reduces Production Bottleneck

By: Stewart Bint, Communications Officer, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

In order to reduce downtime on its EDM and CNC machines when setting up new jobs, moldmaker Kavia Tooling turned to a coordinate measuring machine from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence to create an offline zero transfer system ahead of the manufacturing process for parts and electrodes. 
#analysis

Manage

Moldmaking Breaks Out of Prolonged Contraction for First Month Since COVID-19

By: Michael Guckes

July Index reading exceeds 50 on expanding new orders.
#ecomonics

Michigan Moldmaker Produces Tools Onshore and Off

By: Peggy Malnati

Rather than fighting offshore competitors, Liberty Molds has spent the last 15 years producing injection tools in both China and Michigan—and it’s paid off.
#profile #regulations #supplychain

Design & Manufacturing Software

MMT Chats: Lessons in Simulation

By: Christina M. Fuges

This mechanical engineer has a passion for simulation because he has spent most of his career working in injection molding and truly sees the value of detecting problems early in the design phase of a project.

Build

A Multi-Metal Additive Approach to Optical Quality Molds

By: Daniel Browning, Business Development Coordinator, Do Supply

Researchers propose a new approach to producing mold inserts with optical surface quality and no degradation using electroforming, thermal spray, and selective laser melting.
#conformalcooling #3dprinting

2020-2023 Editorial Advisory Board: Meet New Board Member Robert Graup

By: Christina M. Fuges

The 2020-2023 version of MoldMaking Technology's EAB features a new crew of 12 industry professionals. Here's one of them.
#editorialboardinsight

Mold Builder Tools Up to Produce 10,000+ Ear Protectors

By: Christina M. Fuges

Since learning how Westminster Tool was embracing change, leading and communicating during COVID-19 a few months ago, I found out that they tooled up to support their local community with ear protectors too.
#covid-19 #education

Mold Components

Forces and Calculations Are Key to Sizing Core Pull Hydraulic Cylinders

By: Mark Scanlan, Vice President and General Manager, PFA Inc.

To select the correct cylinder, consider both set and pull stroke positions and then calculate forces.

FAQs: What Are the Leadtime Leader Awards?

By: Christina M. Fuges

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about MoldMaking Technology's annual Leadtime Leader Awards competition.
#regulations #leadtimeleader