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Data Management Software

How to Improve Tooling Supply Chain Transparency

An automated tooling supply chain management system will maximize efficiency, minimize risk and improve tooling supply chain transparency.

Cutting Tools

Tips for Mitigating Chatter and Vibration

A review of the problems of machine vibration and the strategies and tooling systems that that can stop them.

Mold Components

How to Use Hydraulic Locking Cylinders to Improve Plastic Injection-Molded Part Profitability

Improve complex injection-molded part quality and profitability by reducing mold base size and preloading slides from a solid structure to ensure placement.

Automation

How to Design and Analyze the Right Clamping System

The use of innovative clamping systems to optimize the moldmaking production process requires consideration of five factors based on Industry 4.0 principles.

Steel Choice Matters for Corrosion Resistance

A free-machining stainless steel faces the extremely corrosive injection molding environment head on, improving machinability and stability.

Data Management Software

How to Design High-Efficiency Capabilities into an Injection Mold/Molding System

Mold builders can boost profits and part quality with expert analysis and optimization techniques.

Surface Treatment

How to Improve 3D-Printed Conformal-Cooled Mold Insert Performance

Coated conformal cooling channels can prevent scaling and corrosion in injection molds, increasing heat transfer, improving performance, and reducing outages.

Additive Manufacturing

Cutter Considerations for Hybrid Additive Manufacturing

Four tips for applying the right cutting tools in hybrid additive manufacturing.

Design & Mfg. Software

5 Ways to Cut Programming Time

Steps mold builders can take to reduce programming times and improve machining processes.

Business Strategy

How to Ensure Quality Offshore Tooling

When working with a foreign mold builder provide clear expectations and conduct comprehensive reviews throughout the moldmaking process to ensure a robust mold.

Additive Manufacturing

When Is 3D Printing Cost Effective?

Hype continues to surround additive manufacturing. These three factors can help determine whether a part is worth 3D printing.

Cutting Tools

How to Achieve Accelerated Milling

High-feed milling reduces cycle time and extends cutting tool life.

Hot Runners

Realizing Complicated Runner Designs Using Generation Mesh

High-speed, high-quality mesh technology automatically generates the high-resolution hexa-based mesh in which the mesh model perfectly matches the original runner design with high accuracy.

Design & Mfg. Software

Reducing Risk to Implement CAM Software Successfully

Following a training and implementation period, new software technology can provide a strong return to the business and be key to long-term success.

Additive Manufacturing

Considerations for AM Powder for Tooling

The start of any good product is the raw material, and that includes additive manufacturing powder for tooling.

Surface Treatment

Advancing Anode Assembly Fabrication

A look at the science of conforming anode assembly for chrome plating.

Cutting Tools

How to Hard-Mill Effectively

These are five rules for improving cutter performance and cutter life while maintaining tight tolerances during hard milling.

Automation

How to Maintain and/or Upgrade a Robot

Create a strategic plan to manage the lifecycle of a robot.

Hot Runners

How to Better Balance Family Molds

A servo-driven valve gate can provide superior processing for family molds with significant variances in part sizes and volumes.

Hot Runners

How to Improve Melt Distribution with Diffusion-Bonded Manifolds

Diffusion bonding for manifold manufacturing offers design freedom for optimizing hot runner melt distribution, reducing color change-over time, cavity-to-cavity weight variation, peak injection pressures, melt degradation, and resin flow stress.

How to Avoid Tool Steel Corrosion

A mold builder should consider corrosion resistance, hardness, machinability, processing, polishability, operational environment and wear resistance during tool steel selection.

Cutting Tools

The Value of the Right Cutter Carbide Material and Coating

Consider mirror-edge geometry and carbide-grade combination heat-resistant PVD coatings when trying to solve mold machining challenges.

Hot Runners

Six Considerations for Evaluating a Hot Runner System

Details matter when it comes to selecting and integrating a hot runner system. This guide makes that process easier by covering those details thoroughly.

Maintenance & Repair

Welding Pre-hardened 40 Rockwell Material

Key tips help ensure safe shop welding practices when using pre-hardened 40 Rockwell material.