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Additive Manufacturing

How to Apply Ultrasonic AM to Moldmaking

An ultrasonic welding system brings a unique hybrid additive and subtractive process to moldmaking.

Machining

Three Good Reasons to Switch from Three- to Five-Axis Machining in Moldmaking

Five-axis machining technology is a great tool in the moldmaker toolbox. 

Data Management Software

Engineering-Centric ERP Helps Mold Builders Keep Up with Constant Changes

Mold builders operating on thin margins must create a competitive edge, reduce costs, and improve profit margins. In the engineer-to-order (ETO) environment, reducing duplications and eliminating errors can only happen by gaining control over manufacturing processes.

Machining

How to Produce More Accurate Molds and Reduce Rework

Patented micro-milling process for manufacturing steel plate flat and parallel helps mold builders shorten mold build times and increase accuracy.

Mold Components

How Latch Locks Speed Mold Build Time

Ten key features and functions of internal and side-mounting latch-lock devices that help moldmakers build molds faster and more safely.

Machining

Cutter Considerations for Hybrid Additive Manufacturing

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

Design & Mfg. Software

3 Simple Strategies of Scientific Injection Molding

Enhance part design, mold design and processing conditions by using the inputs from scientific injection molding in three easy steps.

Maintenance & Repair

From CAM, Cutters and Cooling to Corrosion, Cleaning and Control

A review of the year’s top tips on technologies and strategies to improve moldmaking operations from design to first shot.

Workforce Development

4 Benefits of Improved Employee Training for MoldMakers and Molders

Industry "know-how" and attention to everyone's development can mean big profits for your business.

Maintenance & Repair

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.

Design & Mfg. Software

Understanding the Value of Scientific Injection Mold Cooling

Injection molds are heat exchangers, so proper cooling is necessary to improve part quality, maximize profits and maintain your company’s reputation. 

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.

Design & Mfg. 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.

Additive Manufacturing

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.

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.

Design & Mfg. Software

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.

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