Die shops offer examples of adapting to the skills shortage and excelling at difficult machining. Plus, why reshoring should begin with die tooling.
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.
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 has introduced two models for its USC-M series designed to provide moldmakers with higher productivity in milling and deep-hole drilling applications.
By systemizing die making into repeatable steps, Dies Plus, a division of Otto Engineering, is using its machinists to effectively make dies. This solution relies on a paperless color-coding system to convey the tolerances machinists need to hit in order for tool and die makers to do the final fitting.
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.
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?
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.
After tackling the 3D printer, material and design, there's still one challenge left for Exco Engineering: convincing customers.
Purchasing one, then two more, multitasking machining centers has transformed the way Concours Mold Inc. builds molds.
The die and mold tooling sector controls a manufacturing market more than 10 times larger than the market this tooling is used in. Experts discuss why the price savings of offshoring tooling misses the total cost of sending tooling work away.
EMO 2019: Waldrich Coburg’s Gemini is a high-rail gantry system designed to be used in the die and mold industries.
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.
Compared to TIG welding, pulsed laser-welding technology is said to enable faster overall mold repair time while maintaining higher metal hardness.
Hybrid manufacturing is enabling tooling to be made with additive processes.
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.
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.
Running 11 five-axis machines simultaneously, a die maker reduced a five week lead time to just five days. Here’s how.
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.
A shop finds an alternative for work that does not require advanced CNC machining centers or high levels of moldmaking expertise.
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 software for moldmaking became one company’s “universal translator,” smoothing communication and interoperability between client, designer, machinist and machine.
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.
To meet the demands of mold and die machining, GF Machining Solutions has unveiled the Mikron HSM 500 Graphite high-speed milling machine.