Molds, Dies & Tooling

Mountain Molding acquisition expands scope of Tenere's injection molding services

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 6th, 2015

Tenere Inc. (Dresser, WI), a full-service provider of complex metal and plastic components and assemblies, announced the acquisition of Mountain Molding LLC (Longmont, CO), a custom injection molding company founded in 1976. The acquisition broadens Tenere's plastics offering, and enhances its services and capabilities that allow customers to go from product design and prototyping to production quickly and seamlessly, said Tenere's information.

3D printing versus injection molding: balancing quantity, quality and cost

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 28th, 2015

The emergence of 3D printing as a viable means of mass production has prompted some observers, albeit with vested interests, to ponder over the potential demise of injection molding. With current 3D printing technologies and even factoring in improvements likely to emerge moving forward, however, that possibility appears remote.

Valve gate cascade molding simulation integrated into Moldflow

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 26th, 2015

Italian hot runner specialist HRSflow (San Polo di Piave) has developed a solution in collaboration with Autodesk (San Rafael, CA) to simulate the gradual opening and closing of its FLEXflow valve gate nozzles with Autodesk Moldflow, thus predicting pressure reduction and the associated clamping force reduction.

LSR leverages Solidscape's 3D printing process to cut costs, time for urethane castings

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 23rd, 2015

Prototyping is a critical part of the product development process for industrial design firms. And thanks to 3D printing, that process has been made much faster and easier. LSR Design Studio, an industrial design company that enables advanced wireless technology platforms with product design, from inception through manufacturing, knows the value of 3D printing for rapid prototyping.

INCOE Hot Runner Systems donates NPE exhibit products to good cause

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2015

If you had an opportunity to visit INCOE's booth at NPE2015, you saw a variety of products from a range of markets that are made using INCOE Hot Runner Systems (Troy, MI). Products included a high-end washer and dryer, refrigerator, blender, paint sprayer, weed trimmer, leaf blower, leaf vacuum, chainsaw, snow blower, garden goods, fertilizer spreader, children's battery operated four-wheeler riding toy and various plastic toys and games.

SPE call for nominations for moldmaker/mold designer of the year

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2015

Are you a great moldmaker or mold designer? Do you know someone who deserves to be honored for his or her moldmaking skills or mold design creativity and expertise? If so, nominate them for the SPE Mold Maker of the Year and Mold Designer of the Year. Each year, the Mold Making & Mold Design Division of the SPE looks to honor two top-notch people in moldmaking and mold design.

Next-generation valve gating from Mold Hotrunner Solutions

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2015

Mold Hotrunner Solutions (MHS; Georgetown, ON, Canada) introduced its new line of next-generation valve-gate hot runners at NPE2015. Unlike other pneumatic, hydraulic or electric valve-gate hot runners, new Theo-Pro Black Box actuators and second-generation iVG internal valve-gate nozzles can operate directly inside the mold at temperatures up to 450°C (850°F) without seal wear or cooling.

Moldmakers get plenty of help from Progressive

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2015

Besides hosting a rip-roaring good time at its booth parties at NPE2015, Progressive Components (Wauconda, IL) is also known for all the products it offers through its sister companies to help make the moldmaker's life easier. For example, ToolingDocs, a mold maintenance and training company, is adding its custom-designed mold maintenance benches to its line of products.

Breast prosthesis company switches to 3D-printed molds; slashes development costs 50%

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 7th, 2015

We have frequently reported on the potentially disruptive nature of 3D printing in relation to conventional manufacturing technologies, and one more example just landed in the PlasticsToday inbox. Anita Dr. Helbig GmbH (Brannenburg, Germany), a manufacturer of bodices, swimwear and breast prostheses, is using a 3D printer from German RepRap (Feldkirchen, Germany) to produce molds for breast forms. By using this technology for product and tooling development, the company reportedly was able to slash development costs in half.

Hot-runner and cooling systems are hot stuff at NPE

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 6th, 2015

Synventive Molding Solutions (Peabody, MA), a business of Barnes Group Inc., proves that hot runner systems are a critical component for automotive molds. The company even showcased a 2015 Corvette in its booth at NPE2015, one of the featured hot wheels in PlasticsToday's slide show.

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