PT ZONE: Molds & Tooling

Avoid Scale Buildup: The Silent Enemy of Cooling Performance
Obstructions in cooling can wreak havoc on molding. Here, a well-known supplier to molders that also molds recounts its experience and offers tips on how you can keep things flowing. More (+)
TOOLING: Let’s Get Serious About Mold Cooling
Cooling is crucial to the molding process yet frequently overlooked. Here are some insights to consider. More (+)


MOST RECENT CONTENT: Molds & Tooling

Dawdle No More: Register for Amerimold Now

Conference line-up includes more than 30 technical experts discussing tools and technologies for impacting the entire plastic injection mold lifecycle.

The Five “Ms” of Molding—Part II: The Mold

A bad mold can cripple a process; learn what areas should be considered as a tool is evaluated and reviewed.

TOOLING: The Tool’s Impact On the Molding Process

Flash, venting, cooling, gating, or sticking problems? Better to fix the tool than distort your process.

So How Fast Can You Change a Mold?

A contest next month at a U.K. trade show will crown one molder king of the quick-change artists.

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.

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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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