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Published: 6/16/2017

Could Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Moldmaking Make EDM Obsolete?
As the machinery and materials advance, some moldmaking companies at the forefront of additive manufacturing believe it could reduce or eliminate the need for some more traditional technologies, like EDM and gundrilling.

Published: 6/12/2017

How Serious Is Freudenberg Medical About Lean Manufacturing?
One employee I met there helped his daughter undertake a Kaizen event on her closet.

Published: 6/6/2017

Looking for a Measure of Demoldability? Here’s a New Approach
If you’ve ever had trouble ejecting parts from a difficult mold—I should have said when, not if—you may have experimented with different mold finishes or even coatings to overcome sticking.

Published: 5/4/2017

Record Crowd at Molding 2017 Hears News in 3D Printed Molds & Conformal Cooling
Two of the hottest topics in tooling today are additive manufacturing (3D printing) and conformal cooling—often with the former as a means to the latter.

Published: 4/18/2017

The Next Game-Changing Technology in Tools and Dies
The first conformal-cooled tools entered the European market 25 years ago; a new conference aims to determine what the next 25 years could hold.

Published: 2/27/2017

The Primary Importance of Secondary Equipment
Resin drying, resin conveying and process heating and cooling are as vital to the injection molding process as the press and tool, and they get their due at Molding 2017.

Published: 2/21/2017

Melt Delivery Systems: Going Against Tradition
When it comes to part design, the importance of a properly designed melt delivery system is often neglected.

Published: 1/23/2017

Spotlight on Tooling Innovation at Molding 2017 Conference
What’s the true heart of any injection molding process? If you said, “The mold, of course!” then you’ll appreciate the three sessions and more devoted to molds and tooling at Plastics Technology’s Molding 2017 Conference, April 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C...

Published: 1/12/2017

Molding 2017 Adds Tracks and Special Pre- and Post-Conference Events
More tracks, more speakers and more opportunities to network and learn, including a pre-conference workshop with John Bozzelli and a post-conference open house at RocTool.

Published: 12/23/2016

3D-Printed Plastic Molds: K Exhibit Would Make You a Believer
Perhaps you have heard that additive manufacturing—a.k.a. 3D printing—can be used to make injection tooling inserts out of plastics—relatively quickly, at relatively low cost, and with little human labor involved.