PT ZONE: Molds & Tooling

Hot/Cold Injection Molding: Which Approach Is Best for You?
The hot-and-cold molding process gives molders a new tool to achieve top-quality esthetics or to fill challenging thin-wall parts. There are a number of options in heating methods, and this article discusses the ins and outs of each. More (+)
MOLDING 2016 CONFERENCE: New Approaches to Processing, Tooling & Quality Assurance
The largest-ever annual Molding Conference included newsworthy technical presentations on a variety of injection molding topics. Here’s a selection. More (+)


MOST RECENT CONTENT: Molds & Tooling

TOOLING: Faster Cooling Core Pins

Tungsten carbide pins conduct heat like Be Cu but are much stiffer and harder.

Moldflow Announces 2016 Summit

A free, one-day, high-touch event in Detroit, Michigan, showcasing what’s new in Moldflow.

INJECTION MOLDING: Properly Placing & Cooling Insulator Plates

Thermal-energy management from the mold to the platens is critical for making consistent parts.

Simulation Meets Reality: Physical & Virtual Molding of LSR

Growing sophistication in simulating the molding performance of LSR is evident in the case of this exceedingly complex part. Actual molding trials validated the predictions of simulated ‘virtual molding.’

TOOLING: Hot Runners: A View from the Bottom Up

Addressing hot-runner benefits, improvements, and everyday issues from the perspective of decades of experience with probably every brand on the market. Part 1 of 2.

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OVERVIEW:
Molds & Tooling

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Used in all processes to give the melted plastic its final shape. The terms mold and tool generally refer to parts produced via injection or blow molding. Molds are generally made of tool steel, aluminum, copper and alloys. Mold components consists of components such as mold bases, pins, ejectors, lifters, bushings, guides and alignment devices. From this zone you can link to information on mold maintenance, mold simulation and CAD/CAM.


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