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By: Heather Wintle 11/5/2019

Noteworthy News: Develop Your Skills

Noteworthy News: Develop Your Skills

Want to improve your skills or learn more about the moldmaking industry, but don’t know where to start? Why not start right here! These recent news releases present a wide range of options for industry education, from courses both in classroom settings or online to earning credentials to networking events. Check them out!

 

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Many shops tout expertise in the discipline of complex, multiple-cavity molds, but during my visit to Pro Mold & Die in Roselle, Illinois, I learned that it’s the definition of complexity that counts.

Twenty-five employees hustle around a 30,000-square-foot facility armed with modern software, and high-speed machining equipment prepped to deliver 24-hour continuous operation for designing and building injection molds, and die-cast dies. These tools range from small to large complex parts with multiple side actions and plates for the automotive, appliance, household, lawn and garden, and medical device markets.

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By: Heather Wintle 11/4/2019

Tech Trends: Maximize Moldmaking Processes

There’s a lot of parts that go into the mold manufacturing process. From software to help design molds to five-axis machining or EDM to maintaining and inspecting molds, there’s so many products to choose from to help bring a mold to life. Check out some of these latest machines and products below that can help you maximize your moldmaking processes!

 

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By: Robert Fothergill 11/4/2019

How to EDM Steel and Copper Alloy Simultaneously

“Can I die sink EDM two different workpiece materials at the same time?” is a frequently asked EDM question, especially in mold manufacturing where tool steels and copper alloys are often involved. Although plastic injection production molds are typically made from common tool steels, copper alloy inserts are common in detail areas to dissipate heat and improve molding cycle times. The challenge mold builders face is machining the details when the part geometry falls across both materials.

Machining these materials separately requires multiple part setups (one for the tool steel and one for the copper alloy) and additional electrodes for separate burns with different EDM operations. This approach increases machining time for both electrodes’ fabrication and EDM, which leads to higher manufacturing costs. Also, all this added effort could result in the two details not matching up in the mold correctly, causing a mismatch or an out-of-tolerance part that would then require additional machining, or possibly the remanufacturing of the detail inserts.

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MoldMaking Technology readers zeroed in on an array of topics presented during October, including Additive Manufacturing, Hot Runner Technology, Workforce Development, Machine Tools and Machining Strategies, Mold Components and CAD/CAM Software. Here are the top 10 most-viewed items:

Five-Axis Machine Modifications Reduce Cycle Times

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