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Die/Mold Machining
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Die/Mold Machining primarily refers to the machining of complex 3D forms. Stamping dies, forming dies, forging dies, injection molds and blow molds are all examples of tooling that might have complex shapes precisely mirroring or matching the intended shape of some final, mass-produced part. Complex fixtures and composites layup tools are also examples of milled parts that might have a similar complex 3D shape. High speed machining is an important topic for die/mold machining, because of the need to take light milling passes productively in order to realize both the required geometry and the required surface finish. Hard milling is another important issue, because many molds and dies are milled in their hardened state, to prevent heat treating from affecting the geometry. In addition to milling, EDM is another machining technology used to produce dies and molds. For certain machined features and for certain hard workpieces, the more efficient way to produce the 3D form may be to mill that shape into a ram or sinker EDM electrode, then use that electrode to machine the shape into the final die or mold tooling. Hole making is another class of machining operations relative to die/mold machining. Dies and molds are assemblies that often consist of plates and other components with various holes for cooling, venting, ejection and other necessary functions of the tooling. Producing an injection mold, for example, can involve considerable drilling, tapping and helical milling of various holes in order to produce the needed components.

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Aluminum Molds In Three Weeks Or Less


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Amerimold 2014

Amerimold 2014 Registration Now Open

By: Mark Albert
Scheduled to run June 11-12, 2014, in Novi, Mich., Amerimold connects global and domestic technology leaders involved in all aspects of mold manufacturing.

Hurco VMX6030i VMC

Machining Center Extends Y-Axis Travel

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Designed to meet the demands of moldmaking applications, Hurco’s VMX6030i vertical machining center provides more Y-axis travel in a footprint smaller than the company’s VMX64.

High Speed Leads to Lights-Out

By: Derek Korn
This mold maker has become more competitive by establishing a high speed machining process that is predictable enough to confidently run lights-out.

Machining for Additive Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski
Even though one is “subtractive” and one is additive, CNC machining and additive manufacturing are not competitors.

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