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TOOLING: Venting: Where And How Deep?
After last month’s introduction to the subject, let’s get into the details on vent depths, land lengths, and the alternatives to perimeter venting.
TOOLING: Venting: A View From the Trenches
Venting is a prime culprit for molding problems, partly because toolmakers and process techs have different ideas of what’s needed.
TOOLING: Clearing Up the Mysteries Of Mold Texture
It’s a subject not widely understood by molders and it affects more than just part appearance.
TOOLING: What You Can Do About Mold Buildup
It depends on the materials and additives you use, and the kinds of mold detail, but adequate venting, not overheating the material, and mold coatings are your best defenses.
TOOLING: Ejectors: Watch That ‘Unsupported Length’
It may be an unfamiliar term, but it’s the key to preventing ejector-pin deflection and breakage
TOOLING: Designing the Tool for the Material
To design a mold for the widest processing window and the fewest problems, start by considering the conditions imposed by the material being run.
The Importance of Gate Geometry
Gate size and shape—unlike gate location—don’t often get the attention they deserve. Many common assumptions about gate geometry deserve to be challenged
TOOLING: Flash-Free Molding: Part Two
Parting-line maintenance, mold spotting, and machine conditions can all contribute to flash.
TOOLING: Flash-Free Molding: Part 1
A robust process window relies a lot on tooling. So it stands to reason that making a tool change to address issues provides a more robust solution
TOOLING: Balancing the Heat Budget In Injection Molds
Basic formulas for how much heat you must pull out of the mold to achieve a set cycle time