What Is The Best Grinding Wheel For Tool Steel?

A common question among plastic injection mold makers is: “What is the best grinding wheel for tool steel?” Obviously, there are many variables that have a direct impact on the answer. Here are some user-friendly, experience-generated guidelines that will at least point the surface grinding toolmaker in the right direction. This article covers the type of grinding commonly found in …

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Is Wire Cut EDM (WEDM) Useful In Plastic Injection Mold Making?

When CNC WEDM, or wire EDM, first became available as a viable machine tool, somewhere around 1976, the buzz was that it would never be applicable for injection  moldmaking. The thinking was that mold cavities are blind, meaning that the shape is cut into the steel, not through it. Wire cut EDM and band saws Because the WEDM operates somewhat …

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An Overview Of Surface Grinding In Injection Moldmaking

Precision surface grinding in plastic injection moldmaking is essential in order to produce high quality, high volume molds. Despite the fact that hard machining and WEDM have replaced grinding in many aspects, the need for accurate, detailed grinding remains. Consider that, from beginning to end, nearly every mold component must be ground. The list could include every plate in the …

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Is KeyCreator Really Different Than SolidWorks?

One of the most common questions that we receive when at trade shows or from prospective customers is:  How is KeyCreator different from SolidWorks? A complete answer to this question could go on for many pages, but let me try to make the comparison as simply as possible. First, how are they the same? Both KeyCreator and SolidWorks are CAD …

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Manufacturing & Operations

Productivity improvement, quality improvement, efficiency gains, stock reduction and innovation are all key to competitive supply, especially in shrinking global markets and the emergence of developing low cost economies. It is imperative that when you have a requirement within your production and manufacturing operations that you can find the best candidates that the market can yield. Our team of specialist …

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Metronics Microfactory 3D Printing

A networked, easy to operate, affordable, mess free, quiet, safe desktop machine capable of: printing functional parts in four colors or multiple materials and computerized etching and computer-controlled milling!

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Investing in Training in Tough Economic Times

Whenever the economy goes south. Things get scary. The natural tendency is to hunker down, batten down the hatches and wait out the storm. However, tough times also represent an opportunity, especially when it comes to product development. In a white paper I recently wrote, I looked at whether investment in improving work practices is worth the investment during such …

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Creo Expert Moldbase Extension

Work in a familiar 2D environment for moldbase layout–and get all the benefits of 3D! The 2D processdriven GUI offers a catalog of standard and custom components, and updates your model automatically during the development of the moldbase, by providing a catalog of standard and customized components. Your resulting 3D models are then used for interference checking during mold opening, …

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Not Just Anybody Can Build An Injection Mold

Precision engineering is an engineering discipline which is a sub-discipline of electronics engineering, optical engineering, software engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. The discipline of precision engineering relates to the designing of machines, fixtures and other structures that possess tolerances on an exceptionally low level. This is where the precision is required to work at extremely low tolerance, and create …

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Why Are So Few Women Working As Mold Makers?

I’ve been asked this a few times over the years, and when I stop and think about it, I’ve never actually seen a woman working as a mold maker. My answer: “Because very few women are interested.”  Personally I have 3 daughters and I am here to tell you that they are not at all the least bit interested in …

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