Molds, Dies & Tooling

Ultra-lightweight SMC solution for auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP; Auburn Hills, MI) has introduced Tough Class A (TCA) Ultra Lite, a 1.2 specific gravity, 36.8% fiber reinforced polyester-based sheet molding compound (SMC) formulation that reportedly provides engineers the ability to design with a lower specific gravity material without sacrificing mechanical properties, surface qualities and adhesion requirements.  This material has already approved by major automotive OEMs and is programmed for a production vehicle beginning in January 2015.

Registration open for SPI's Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

From managing a multigenerational workforce to learning how 3D printing may offer a 'giant step' for short run injection molds, the lineup for the Business of Plastics Conference at NPE2015 (March 23-27; Orlando, FL) is looking strong.  

The Business of Plastics Conference, also produced by SPI, will be held during the first three days of the exposition. NPE2015 attendees can now register for the conference as part of the process of registering for the show.

The Business of Plastics Conference will consist of 37 presentations. Session topics will include:

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow)

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

Friedrichshafen, Germany, which shares idyllic Lake Constance with Austria and Switzerland, would seem an unlikely location for an international plastics processing event. Of course, like any town of consequence in Germany, Friedrichshafen has a fairground (or messe, in local parlance), but one might expect to find shows for model railroad enthusiasts or, given the maritime location, pleasure boats rather than Fakuma, which attracts international giants of molding, extrusion, and other plastics processing technologies; materials; auxiliary equipment; and associated processing services.

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow): Arburg

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

They're baaack. After wowing crowds at the K show last year, Arburg (Lossburg, Germany) will bring its Freeformer additive manufacturing systems to Fakuma to demonstrate how plastic parts can be produced economically as one-offs or in small-volume batches directly from CAD data, without requiring a mould. Using inexpensive standard granulate, the systems can be used to produce fully functional parts, not just samples and prototypes, and achieve new geometries.

Seven musts at Fakuma 2014 (slideshow): Braunform

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 17th, 2014

The MED mold standard for cleanroom molding from Braunform (Bahlingen, Germany) will be showcased at Fakuma through the use of modular inserts in a 96-cavity injection mold to produce a pen hub, or needle holder.

During the exhibition, a high-cavity injection mold with a 3.9-sec cycle time will be shown at the Engel booth on a fully electric e-motion 220-t press. The mold was designed and built by Braunform as part of an R&D project to develop new technologies, Braunform told PlasticsToday.

German RepRap adds 3D printer with extra-large build space to product line

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 15th, 2014

German RepRap (Feldkirchen, Germany) will introduce a new large-build-volume 3D printer at the forthcoming Euromold trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. The professional series printer—the company has not yet decided on the product's official name—uses fused filament fabrication technology, aka fused deposition modeling, and boasts a build tray measuring 1000 X 800 X 600 mm. Suited for producing model or functional prototypes as well as mold prints, it is intended for users who want to print large objects or a number of smaller ones in parallel.

Westminster Tool host open house to showcase capabilities

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 15th, 2014

Westminster Tool Inc. will host an open house on Friday, September 19, at the company's Plainfield, CT, facility to showcase its key strategic investments that have allowed Westminster to provide its unique business philosophy, 'Bridging the Gap Between Concept & Production,' to OEM and contract manufacturing customers.

ExOne completes new European headquarters in Germany; opens production service center in Italy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 15th, 2014

The ExOne Company, a global provider of 3D printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced that the company has begun transitioning into its newly completed European headquarters facility in Gershofen, Germany, located in the district of Augsburg.

DME adds six sales managers to support growing operations in Queretaro, Mexico

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 10th, 2014

DME's continued and growing demand for its mold technologies resources, including its comprehensive product line of mold bases and components, hot runner systems, control systems and moldmaking and molding supplies, has resulted in the company adding six sales managers to support its new operations in Queretaro, Mexico. The company established a permanent engineering facility and parts warehouse there earlier this year within Milacron's integrated High Impact Technology Center, and continues to increase its product inventory levels to satisfy customer demand.

Creative Blow Mold Tooling focuses on supply chain management for profitability

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 8th, 2014

Manufacturers are always looking to improve profitability and moldmakers are no different. Yet, according to Jim Hensiek, director of business development for Creative Blow Mold Tooling (Lee's Summit, MO), most companies are missing out on an important opportunity for improved profitability simply because they are unaware of the profit contributions their supplier can bring.

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