DIE/MOLD

Five-Axis

How Cameras Improve Capacity

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

Shop Management Software

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.

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Video: Hard Pocket Milling

Relieved end mills and pre-machining of corners are two important considerations for accurate pocket machining in hard steel.

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Indexable Mills Speed Cavity Cutting

Ballnose mills are a common choice for hogging out cavities on molds and form dies. However, these three shops have realized significantly faster cavity milling by switching to Ingersoll’s Chip Surfer modular tooling system, which features a cylindrical shape that keeps more of the tool engaged in the cut.

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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.
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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.
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Measurement

Video: Minimizing Mistakes with Laser Scanning CMM

Die Tech & Engineering uses its scanning to CMM to avoid errors by inspecting electrodes prior to EDM.

VMCs

Milling with Air

... not to mention grinding with air. Thanks to high speed spindles powered by shop air, this job shop expands the work its VMCs can do.
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VMCs

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.
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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.