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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 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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Webinar: Engineering Changes Made Easy


A free webinar on Wednesday, December 12 highlights tools to help shops master the process of engineering change orders.

Fully Committed to Zero Stock Machining


Milling critical mold surfaces to final size (or even a “tenth” undersize) literally leaves no margin for error. This takes absolute confidence in every aspect of the machining process, as well as absolute confidence that the results are worthwhile.

Which Five-Axis Machine for Mold Makers?  


This Chicago-area mold shop compares tilting-spindle and tilting-table five-axis machines.

High speed VMC for mold making

Aluminum Molds In Three Weeks Or Less


While aluminum molds are commonly used to create prototypes or to serve as stopgap bridge tooling, they are starting to receive greater attention for production work. This shop’s approach to creating aluminum molds in one day to three weeks is the same for each of these situations.



GF Machining Solutions Names Canada Distributor

By: Jedd Cole
Machine Tool Systems will represent GF Machining Solutions in Canada effective July 16, 2016.

On Display at Amerimold 2016

By: Modern Machine Shop
Highlights include modular workholding, stable cutting tools, new machine tool offerings and non-contact measurement.

Mike Retzer, John Kemeny, Ryan John

On-Machine Verification Keeps Process Chain Intact

By: Matt Danford
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.

Sko-Die Acquires Harig Stamping Business

By: Jedd Cole
The acquisition will enable Sko-Die to diversify the segments it currently serves.

cover April 2016 Modern Machine Shop

Moldmaker Experiments with Hollow Mold Inserts as Alternative to Conformal Cooling

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


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