How to prolong cutting tool life

The benefits of prioritizing expected tool life over price when choosing metalcutting tools are clear, especially in the precision-focused and deadline-driven moldmaking industry. Reputedly, economical tools often provide abbreviated and unpredictable life that results in poor tolerance control and leads to expensive rework. […]

By |June 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Modern software can help Wire EDM during taper cutting

Software can help compensate for excessive erosion during taper cutting with wire EDM.

Wall straightness or angle accuracy often present a challenge to the machine operator when he or she is attempting to wire EDM taper angles. Several factors within the EDM process affect angle accuracy. These include, but are not limited to, temperature, machine design, material thickness and the machining technology required to cut the desired taper angle. […]

By |May 21st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The advantages of multiple-gate-nozzle hot runner system

Incorporating multiple-gate nozzles means smaller molds, small presses, a balanced fill rate, reduced residence time, temperature control and design flexibility. […]

By |April 26th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

Some experience about the milling of hardened steels

Careful consideration of the entire machining system will improve milling of hardened steels.

To maximize productivity and reliability, mold shops often machine a large portion of their products from hardened steels. Historically, hardened steels have been rough milled at low feeds and speeds, with large depths of cut and stepovers. […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

The solution of improving the molding quality of large injection-molded parts

For large injection-molded parts, a servo-driven valve gate system can improve surface finish and part performance.

The art of sequential molding has proven to be a beneficial process in many markets. Automotive suppliers are one of the largest users of this technology, especially for the production of plastic parts with Class A surface finishes. Sequential molding is used to reposition or remove weld or knit lines from critical areas of the parts. These conditions occur when melt flow fronts collide in a mold cavity.  […]

By |March 20th, 2017|Blog|2 Comments

The advantage of direct side gating

Mold builders and molders should carefully consider hot runner selection, as it dramatically impacts an injection molding system’s speed, quality and uptime. […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Use Self-cleaning technology in your mold

Molds have to be cleaned. There’s no way to avoid it. But what if the mold could clean itself, eliminating the negative impact of manual maintenance on productivity? […]

By |June 30th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

How to understand the differences between steel and aluminum

The high-strength aluminum alloys available today are feasible alternatives to steel for tooling. Originally used primarily for the production of prototypes because of its lower cost, aluminum offers several other advantages that make it a viable option for production molds. […]

By |May 22nd, 2016|Blog|3 Comments

How to select the appropriate aluminum alloy for your mold project

If you opt to use aluminum for your next mold project, it’s important to select the appropriate aluminum alloy. Alloys are created when elements including copper, magnesium and zinc are added to the base aluminum. Each added element contributes individual beneficial properties that will improve the aluminum. […]

By |May 22nd, 2016|Blog|3 Comments

How to select welding wires for aluminum alloys

Different aluminum alloys require differing welding wires in order for successful welding to be achieved. Characteristics of the wire should match those of the specific alloy on which it will be welded, and the wire’s color-matching ability, strength and effect on HAZ should also be considered. Additionally, the welding wire must have a melting temperature similar to that of its base material in order for the most effective welding to occur. […]

By |May 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments