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6 MoldMaking Technology —— SEPTEMBER 2018 THIS MONTH ON From the Editor Moldmaking is unique. A moldmaker has to understand the big picture. Moldmakers must consider part design, mold-cavity design, material selection, machining, programming, validating, assembly, testing and sampling. Digging a little deeper, moldmakers can find that the geometry of the molded part can be challenging with tight dimensional tolerances, strict flatness specifica- tions and thin walls. Complex mold actions may be required to create some part features, and working with multiple materials, multiple sets of mold cores and multiple sets of cavities is part of the daily workload. On top of all that, cycle times and lead times are often very aggressive. In a nutshell, the complexities and tight tolerances of mold work make it very demanding. Modern moldmaking is utterly dependent on accurate, repeatable and efficient technologies throughout the design and build stages. All of this requires additional resources, more elabo- rate planning and closer project management. Today, there is a trend toward more complex parts, more precise parts and consolidating multiple existing parts into a single part, which means more complex, precise mold designs and more complex machining, maintenance and repair processes and strategies. The industry is also continuing to experience the need to automate and digitalize production processes. This means that moldmakers must be innovative and invest in the latest equipment to stay ahead of the com- petition. However, technology is not enough. Moldmakers must com- bine technology with organizational systems and management systems with cost control and qualified human resources. IMTS is a place that offers mold shop owners, engineers, designers, builders, machine operators and toolroom personnel miles of technology, networking and resources to help them eliminate bottle- necks, increase productivity, reduce downtime and improve quality. The Gardner Intelligence Capital Spending Survey asks metalwork- ing shops about their intended spending on equipment for the coming year. Moldmakers who participated in the 2018 survey indicated vertical machining centers, horizontal machining centers, CAD/CAM software, vision systems and robots as their top five equipment-type purchases for 2018. Some of this technology will be showcased throughout the halls of McCormick Place during IMTS this month, as we demonstrated in the August issue's IMTS Exhibitor Product Showcase. We continue that coverage in the IMTS Exhibitor Product Showcase on page 52 with a look at even more technology, equipment, products and services for moldmakers at this biennial manufacturing event. You can also check out the IMTS Zone at MoldMaking Technology online for the latest news and stories on the show. And, be sure to stop by Booth 236600 in the North Building to say hello. Miles of Moldmaking Christina M. Fuges Editorial Director VIDEO: A Look at Full Solid State and Nd:YAG Laser Welders Alliance Laser Sales takes a look at the efficiency, cooling and mobility features and functions of Nd:YAG laser and full solid state (FSS) laser systems to help you make the best choice of beam source for your laser-welding application. SLIDESHOW: On Display at IMTS 2018 IMTS 2018 is fast approaching! This year, it will be held September 10–15, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Check out the blog at MoldMaking Technology online for slide- shows that offer a preview of some of what will be on display at the show. imts18show NEWS: Mold Builder Pushed His Limits for Our Wounded Warriors Grand Island, Nebraska-based Dramco Tool owner Larry Patten pushed his limits in the 2018 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge. Larry used this ride as an opportunity to raise money for iWarriors, a char- ity that is close to his heart in a number of ways. iWarriors provides iPads to our wounded soldiers as a tool to help them communicate with their families during the healing process and also to help in the healing from PTSD and TBI. BLOG: CAMM Members Contribute Skills for Windsor Rotary Centennial Members of the Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM) contributed time and skills to create sculptures for the new Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) Centennial Plaza. cammrotary Follow MMT on: Follow @ MMT_ChristinaF

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