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AUG 2018

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6 MoldMaking Technology —— AUGUST 2018 THIS MONTH ON From the Editor So far, this year has been a big one for MoldMaking Technology. We celebrated our 20-year anni- versary, partnered up for podcasts with The Manufacturing Alliance, produced video interviews, commemorated the 15-year anniversary of the Leadtime Leader Awards, conquered NPE2018 and once again hosted a successful Amerimold. All of this activity and excitement has led to added exposure and a lot of interesting conver- sations about a multitude of moldmaking chal- lenges, including: • implementing a CRM, • integrating simulation with existing CAD/CAM software, • deciding between a vision system or a coordinate measuring machine, • on-the-machine scanning technology, • monitoring machine performance, • increasing precision with the right controls, • modifying machine designs, • applying waterjet cutting, • determining how to use 3D printing, • making the move to five-axis machining, • producing tool paths to increase efficiency and improve surface finish, • using the cloud to improve levels of collaboration, • adapting more complex machining strategies, • achieving economy in finish milling, • utilizing optimized roughing, • attaining repeatability of processes and surface quality, • reducing or avoiding hand polishing, • making investments in hard-milling, • expanding the number of vertical or horizontal machining centers, • adding CAM software for toolpath optimization, • using magnetic workholding for maximum workpiece access and • employing deep-hole drilling and milling. Technology can address many of these challenges, so it is a nice coincidence that we are closing out the big year with the nation's larg- est manufacturing trade event. IMTS takes place next month from September 10–15 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, and is the perfect venue for checking out the latest in everything manufacturing so that shops can solve big and small challenges—from eliminating bottlenecks and increasing productivity to reducing downtime and improving quality. However, with a show this size, you need a plan of attack. To help you focus your trip on the most moldmaking-relevant technology that will be on display in the halls and down the aisles of McCormick Place, check out pages 56-78 for the IMTS Exhibitor Product Showcase, which will continue in next month's issue as well. Now go attack that technology! Plan of Attack Christina M. Fuges Editorial Director SLIDESHOW: Scenes from Amerimold 2018 The industry's main event hosted plant tours, tech talks, in-booth demos, video interviews, podcasts, technology displays, awards ceremony, 20-year anniversary toast, Top 10 t-shirts and even an 80s party. To cover it all, the MoldMaking Technology team put together a slideshow recap. ZONE: IMTS The biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is the largest and longest- running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States. Taking place September 10–15, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, the show is a blend of the here-and-now and the what's-to-come in manufacturing technology. This Zone includes a comprehensive collection of information about products on display that are most relevant to moldmakers as well as coverage of other news and events pertaining to the show. PODCAST: NPE2018 Wrap Up Podcast with the MMT Team The MoldMaking Technology team did its best to walk the miles of aisles to see and report on the latest technology and trends. 18wrap BLOG: Just a Smartphone and Some Simple Concepts Video is a dynamic way to tell your shop's story and gain the attention of current and potential customers, and MoldMaking Technology is always looking for compelling process and people videos to support stories for its online video archives. Follow MMT on: Follow @ MMT_ChristinaF

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