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Exploring the: Die/Mold Machining Zone


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Micromachining Powder Metal on a VMC

By refining its micromachining process for powder metal tool steels, this shop has reduced production costs, lead times and secondary bench work for complex tooling components.


How Cameras Improve Capacity

Web cameras provide an inexpensive way to bring remote processes together, and to improve timing and confidence in unattended machining.


The Case for Software-as-a-Service ERP

The owner of a die manufacturing business describes why he prefers to subscribe to ERP software rather than buying it.


Software/Tooling Partnership Promises Easier HSM

High-efficiency parameters are calculated automatically—partly using a slider that lets the programmer set the level of aggressiveness.


Find Your Speed Outside of Machining

This short-lead-time mold shop achieves its most significant time savings by looking outside the machining cycle. However, one of those elements outside the cycle—palletized setup—ultimately led to cycle time savings via five-axis machining.


How to Overcome an Acc/Dec Limitation in High Speed Machining

A small pocket in a graphite workpiece limits productivity. Part of the expert’s response is to consider how a lower feed rate might actually be more productive—because the machine will spend more time at the programmed rate.


Finished Molds Overnight

In the highly competitive athletic footwear market, moving from concept to design to production at breathtaking speed is imperative. Fast and efficient five-axis machining is a key accelerator in this process.


Another Angle On HSM

The savings in setup time were welcome enough, but this mold maker found that a 3+2 machining center also accelerated its use of high speed machining.


The Progress of a Progressive Die Maker

This shop sees no long-term threat in the reality of lower prices. Machine tool investments related to various die components allow the shop to use skilled labor more efficiently.


Webinar: Tool Shop Optimization Case Studies -- Survival of the Quickest

This webinar from Cimatron describes how winning mold and die makers are able to use their speed to produce high quality tools at lower cost, and respond to customers more effectively.


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