PT ZONE: Molds & Tooling

INJECTION MOLDING: New Features for Mold Simulation
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3D Printing’s Growing Presence Seen at Fakuma Show
Additive manufacturing appeared in tooling inserts, robot grippers, and molded parts. More (+)


TOOLING: Designing Molds for Easy Maintenance in the Press, Part 1

Attention to design of cooling, ejection, and slides can save downtime and maintenance headaches.

Save the Date: Molding 2016, March 29-31

Industry’s preeminent technical conference on injection molding will have broader appeal next year.

Where Was 3D Printing at the Fakuma Show?

All over, and in a variety of roles.

TOOLING: Dealing with Lifters--Part 2

This installment delves into more detail on some variables of design and fitting/timing of the lifters, which can cause issues or failures during molding.

Shiny New Hot-Runner Plant Is High Tech Showplace

HRSflow employs automation, sophisticated software tools in its first North American production plant.

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Molds & Tooling


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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Product Announcements

INJECTION MOLDING: New Features for Mold Simulation
EPS FloTek / Moldex3D 11/23/2015
TOOLING: Tapered Interlocks In 60 Standard Configurations
Choice Mold Components, Inc. 9/28/2015
TOOLING: IML for Stack Molds Made Simpler, More Versatile
Waldorf Technik, Inc. 9/28/2015
TOOLING: Vacuum System Removes Trapped Gas
CUMSA USA LLC 9/16/2015
TOOLING: New Nano-Diamond Mold Coating Protects Steel & Aluminum
Bales Metal Surface Solutions 8/13/2015

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