Moldmaking's Relevance Withstands Time

Originally titled 'Now Is Still the Time'

If you asked me what the most important thing is that I’ve learned over the past 20 years it’s that moldmaking still matters. Despite technology and processes changing, moldmaking still matters.

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“The time has come for a magazine dedicated exclusively to the moldmakerMoldMaking Technology magazine. Over the past year, our research, training and interaction with the moldmaking world revealed an endless stream of moldmaking-related issues that were not being discussed. It was then that we decided to make it our mission to address this need. Until today, there never has been a monthly, one-stop, central resource for moldmakers who are searching for current moldmaking information.”

“The time has come for a magazine dedicated exclusively to the moldmakerMoldMaking Technology magazine.”

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This letter is from the late Gary Orfe, the founding publisher of MoldMaking Technology (MMT). Twenty years later, his words still ring true. That is especially evident from some of the conversations I’ve had this year as we mark MMT’s 20th anniversary. In regard to to the magazine, members of the moldmaking industry have said things like:

“Before MoldMaking Technology, there was not another publication focused on moldmaking. The only information we had was from networking with other local shop owners or from word of mouth. MMT was responsible for opening that up. It introduced mold shop owners to other mold shop owners across the country.”

“Articles in MoldMaking Technology are informative and honest. It made a big difference for the industry. By and large, today most moldmakers are cooperating and working together, helping each other to compete with global competitors. That’s probably the most important part of the magazine because it features shops that are willing to share what’s successful and what isn’t in the way of equipment and processes and how they’re working to improve.”

“Articles in MoldMaking Technology are informative and honest. It made a big difference for the industry.”

“I just love MoldMaking Technology. It was so darn cool when MMT hit the newsstands. Finally, a publication dedicated to our trade! We have different challenges than your average ‘production shop.’”

“I just love MoldMaking Technology. It was so darn cool when MMT hit the newsstands.”

All of this feedback is motivation to continue our mission to serve and build this community through content any way that the moldmaker wants and needs it—print, digital, videos, podcasts, webinars, conferences, events, social mediayou name it. We are here to serve this industry. Although the format for information sharing has evolved, the need is still there.

As you work your way through this special issue, look for the 20th anniversary emblem, which designates content that takes a look back over the past two decades, including how the magazine was founded.

If you asked me what the most important thing is that I have learned over the past 20 years, it is that moldmaking still matters. Despite technology and processes changing, moldmaking still matters.

 

 

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