DIE/MOLD

Die Makers Adapt to Challenges All Machine Shops Face

Die shops offer examples of adapting to the skills shortage and excelling at difficult machining. Plus, why reshoring should begin with die tooling.
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Four New High-Performance Milling Techniques for 3D Machining

With many 3D milling applications demanding both shorter cycle times and smoother surface finishes, it’s time to review how you go about programming and machining parts. These four strategies will let you rough dramatically faster and achieve astonishingly fine surface finishes.

Modern Machine Shop Talks Die Machining, Moldmaking and Leadtime Leaders

Emily Probst, senior editor of Modern Machine Shop magazine talks with Christina Fuges, executive director of MoldMaking Technology magazine, about 2020 Leadtime Leader Award winner Precise Tooling Solutions and the lessons this moldmaker can teach CNC machine shops.

Unisig's USC-2M, USC-3M Gundrilling Machines Designed for Productive Moldmaking

Unisig has introduced two models for its USC-M series designed to provide moldmakers with higher productivity in milling and deep-hole drilling applications.

One Auto Parts Supplier's Shift to Ventilators: Now Making 1000s of Parts per Week on Die Delivered in Days

GM applying its supply chain expertise to enable successes such as aiding this ventilator maker to expand sourcing for 700 parts.
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Mold Maker Announces 5-Part Coronavirus Response

Plans for protecting people and lead times alike involve not only concrete action, but also clear communication.
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Does Asia's Low-Cost Manufacturing Option Still Make Sense?

As U.S.-based companies try to stay ahead of COVID-19, global supply chains are under renewed scrutiny. Are uncertainties and delays caused by global crises worth the short-term cost savings?
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Because of the Tariff on Mold Tooling, This Indiana Mold Shop’s Business is Now Booming

U.S. molders are now buying their tooling from U.S. mold builders. Precise Tooling Solutions illustrates this, and its owner makes the case for why the tariff matters.
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Is 3D Printed Tooling a Solution for Die Casting?

After tackling the 3D printer, material and design, there's still one challenge left for Exco Engineering: convincing customers. 

Multitasking Machining Centers Double Throughput, Cut Costs

Purchasing one, then two more, multitasking machining centers has transformed the way Concours Mold Inc. builds molds.
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Waldrich Coburg's Gemini Features Wear-Free Hydrostatic Guides for Accuracy

EMO 2019: Waldrich Coburg’s Gemini is a high-rail gantry system designed to be used in the die and mold industries.

With 3D Printing, Fixture Making Goes from the Tool Room to the CAD Room

For Ira Green Inc., fixture design and iteration used to take days, even weeks at times, and at a high cost per fixture. With a 3D printer, the shop’s entire process has changed, drastically increasing efficiency and cost effectiveness.
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3 Advantages of Using Pulsed Laser Welding for Mold Repair

Compared to TIG welding, pulsed laser-welding technology is said to enable faster overall mold repair time while maintaining higher metal hardness.

Additive Manufacturing for Hard Tooling

Hybrid manufacturing is enabling tooling to be made with additive processes.
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Offline CNC Makes Precision Productive

Relieving the control of its calculation burden helps meet demand for increased volumes, faster deliveries and greater varieties of complex, mirror-finish components machined with diamond tools. 

Retrofitting and Updating Keep Milling Machine CNCs on the Cutting Edge

After struggling to achieve higher feed rates and accuracy for complex milling of large compression molds, Century Tool and Gage Co. retrofitted Fidia CNC control systems onto existing machining centers.
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Video: Emotional Intelligence in Action at Westminster Tool

A companion to the recent Modern Machine Shop cover story on a moldmaker’s commitment to emotional intelligence, here is a look at the culture change at this shop through the words and perspectives of team members.
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Waterjet Blasts Away 2D Tedium

A shop finds an alternative for work that does not require advanced CNC machining centers or high levels of moldmaking expertise.  

Machining Technology Spotted at Amerimold 2018

Amerimold presents a range of mold production equipment, strategies and best practices. Here is some of the mold machining technology displayed at this year’s event, ranging from automation to CAD/CAM.

CAD/CAM Platform Serves as a Communication Tool for a Moldmaker

CAD/CAM software for moldmaking became one company’s “universal translator,” smoothing communication and interoperability between client, designer, machinist and machine. 
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Exploring Opportunities at Amerimold 2018

Educational and networking opportunities abound during the event for mold manufacturing. Included in your registration is access to technology talks, in-booth demonstrations and exhibits from more than 200 leading suppliers and manufacturers. Register today.

High-Speed Milling Machine Handles Graphite Applications

To meet the demands of mold and die machining, GF Machining Solutions has unveiled the Mikron HSM 500 Graphite high-speed milling machine.