Surface Treatment

Exploring the: Surface Treatment Zone

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Published: 1/1/2018

Machine Hammer Peening Automates Mold Polishing

A polishing automation solution eliminates hand work, accelerates milling operations and controls surface geometries.

Published: 6/1/2017

International Perspective: The Electrochemical Mold Polishing Advantage

This process is said to reduce surface roughness caused by porosity, micro-cracks and the EDM recast layer by as much as seven times.

Published: 4/1/2017

Solving the Part-Sticking Challenge

Low-surface-energy mold coatings can eliminate part sticking, reduce cycle time and increase mold life.

Published: 3/1/2017

Line Width vs. Depth Ratio in Laser Engraving

A laser does not produce 90-degree sidewalls. It requires a certain amount of draft in order to produce the required pattern.

Published: 1/5/2017

Mold Rebranding and Refurbishment

When identifying features have to be changed, this five-step welding and engraving process can spare the expense of building a brand-new mold.

Published: 1/1/2017

Mold Polishing Checklist

Polishing is an orchestrated series of carefully applied skills. To ensure that the job is done right, consider these suggestions.

Published: 6/1/2016

Watching for Wear

Considering how coatings wear over time extends the options for mold surface finishes beyond hard chrome and electroless nickel.

Published: 12/1/2015

Plating Improves Beryllium Copper Molds

Moldmakers often overlook surface treatment as a way to further maximize the life and performance of beryllium copper molds.

Published: 6/1/2015

Eliminating Seams

A zero-parting-line process requires collaboration among the toolmaker, its texturization provider and the OEM.

Published: 5/1/2015

Expanding Aluminum’s Potential

Hard-coating provides a number of benefits that make aluminum tooling an attractive alternative to steel.