Throwback Thursday: Software Advances Push Limits of Speed and Quality

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This throwback article provides interesting perspectives on software for moldmaking while also illustrating how fast software technology moves today.


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It’s Throwback Thursday, and I thought it might be interesting to review the way software products have influenced the moldmaking industry in recent years. Today’s throwback feature is titled “Software Advances Push Limits of Speed and Quality,” and describes the “sophisticated features and capabilities” that were introduced five years ago, “enabling mold manufacturers to produce the highest quality work in the most compressed leadtimes to date.”

This feature covers software challenges, particularly in CAD/CAM, and then gives readers a sense of the advancements being made with regard to multi-axis machining programs, intelligent toolpath development and the use of automation in the mold design and manufacturing process (including features like collision avoidance). 

Here’s my main motivation for sharing this article: In the January issue of MMT, watch for an update on trends, challenges and solutions in software for moldmaking. We have several supplier companies who have offered insights about today’s use of CAD/CAM, simulation and job tracking and what they are doing to make their products more versatile, efficient and easy to use. 

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