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TOOLING: The Impact of Hydraulics on Tool Design
Here are more tips on using hydraulically actuated devices on your tools.
Columns Published: 8/17/2015
TOOLING: The Impact of Hydraulics on Tool Design
Get a better understanding of their use, proper sizing, and how the tool design and setup in the machine can impact failures in manufacturing.
Columns Published: 7/16/2015
TOOLING: How to Vent Mold Details
Principles to follow in venting bosses, ribs, pins, cores, slides, and lifters.
Columns Published: 7/1/2015
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.
Columns Published: 4/27/2015
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.
Columns Published: 3/31/2015
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.
Columns Published: 2/22/2015
TOOLING: Ejectors: Watch That ‘Unsupported Length’
It may be an unfamiliar term, but it’s the key to preventing ejector-pin deflection and breakage
Columns Published: 1/27/2015
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.
Columns Published: 12/29/2014
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
Columns Published: 11/24/2014
TOOLING: Flash-Free Molding: Part Two
Parting-line maintenance, mold spotting, and machine conditions can all contribute to flash.
Columns Published: 10/23/2014

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