Die/Mold Machining

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 also important because many workpieces are machined in their hardened EDM is also used to impart the shape into the final die or mold tooling. 
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On-Machine Verification Keeps Process Chain Intact

Measuring on machining centers is no substitute for this mold manufacturer's CMM. Rather, the goal of on-machine probing is to minimize downtime at individual workstations and to maximize overall throughput.
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Moldmaker Experiments with Hollow Mold Inserts as Alternative to Conformal Cooling

A plastics manufacturer with in-house moldmaking explores a different option for applying additive manufacturing to making mold tooling.
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