Wittmann Battenfeld (Torrington, CT) and Mold Craft Inc. (Willernie, MN), a designer and manufacturer of custom injection molds, through a common set of customers, have formed a strong relationship in recent years based on similar core values and a commitment to quality.
Mold Craft specializes in high-volume, multi-cavity and multi-mold projects that produce small, intricate, precision plastic and metal molded parts. Mold Craft’s strength is in designing for manufacturability and building molds that require extensive engineering using standardized work holding fixtures, tight-tolerance CNC machining and wire EDM work. Mold bases are built in-house on the company’s CNC machining centers, and are made of pre-hard or full-hard stainless steel. Multiple robots feed electrodes, cores, cavities and inserts. This automation-centric production strategy enables Mold Craft to regularly achieve tolerances as tight as ± 0.0001 inch.
During the recent Amerimold conference, Wittmann Battenfeld ran its MicroPower 15t injection molding machine using one of Mold Craft’s micro molds. Shortly after the event, the machine was delivered to Mold Craft and installed in the newly renovated Tech Center.
The two companies developed a relationship because of their mutual commitment to perfection. Mold Craft’s expertise is in precision micro mold building with tight tolerances. In fact, Mold Craft’s mantra is: “Our molds aren’t quite perfect. They’re ± 0.0001,” said Jim Liddell, Sales and Business Development Manager.
“Mold Craft builds micro molds specifically engineered to utilize the purpose-built machines manufactured by Wittmann Battenfeld,” said Liddell. “Both companies strive to meet the rapidly growing demand for small, tight-tolerance medical components. This partnership helps customers combine high-quality micro molds with precision injection molding machines to produce finished parts with some of the tightest tolerances in the industry.”
Mold Craft will be utilizing its new machine to perform micro-mold sampling. In addition to a mechanical sample, the press will develop a production molding process during micro mold sampling. This will help Mold Craft provide much more information to clients, which will cut down on validation time and expense.
Mold Craft initiates the micro-mold project process with its design for manufacturing, ensuring that the mold is designed so that it can be successfully manufactured. With the Wittmann Battenfeld MicroPower 15t in-house, Mold Craft has the ability to sample a customer’s micro mold on site and improve project timelines, ensure mold functionality and reduce the need for coordinating with outside vendors.
This relationship is also beneficial for Wittmann Battenfeld, noted the global manufacturer of precision injection molding machinery. With seven production facilities, 31 subsidiaries, and 24 agencies in 52 countries, Wittmann Battenfeld is able to showcase state-of-the-art precision presses that achieve optimized energy and cost efficiency.
Wittmann Battenfeld and Mold Craft will be at NPE 2018 in Orlando, FL, from May 7 to 11. Both companies are exhibiting in the west hall: Wittmann Battenfeld will be at booth W3742 and you can find Mold Craft at booth W4207.