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NOV 2018

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6 MoldMaking Technology —— NOVEMBER 2018 THIS MONTH ON From the Editor What makes your company special to your customers? That is at the heart of MoldMaking Technology's annual Leadtime Leader Awards program. This competition was created to share best practices and recognize companies that are lead- ing by example. A Leadtime Leader is a North American mold manufacturer that demonstrates overall innovation, ef•iciency, quality and com- mitment within its moldmaking operations. The Leadtime Leader competition is open to every North American mold manufacturer regardless of its size, capabilities or equipment. It's all about what you do with what you have. It's about optimizing your assets to quickly deliver the best molds at fair prices. A quality mold that is delivered on time is the result of a team of professionals working together. The team relies on a vision that de•ines company culture and strategy, driving success with a clear purpose. Your company can bene•it just by participating in the competition. After you complete the initial entry form, the application process will lead you through a self-examination of your organization, its workflow and ultimately your results. The ef•icient, in-depth review will help you see your company through your cus- tomers' eyes, revealing opportunities for improvement. Winners enjoy a cover photo and fea- ture story in the June issue, and online, winners enjoy a feature video •ilmed at their shop to accompany the article. Winners also get a complimentary ƒ„-foot by ƒ„-foot booth at Amerimold …„ƒ†. But most importantly, the industry recognition helps winners build their credibility as an exemplary mold manufacturer. Candidates are evaluated by a panel of molders and original equip- ment manufacturers on delivery, sales growth, technology, business strategy, ef•iciency, training, industry involvement and customer satisfaction. What makes your company special to your customers? Show the world all you have to offer and build the recognition you and your team deserve. Visit the Leadtime Leader Zone at MoldMaking Technology online for everything Leadtime Leader, including how to enter your shop and what you can "win." Feel free to contact me with any questions at Remember, you have to enter to win! Good luck. It's About What You Do with What You Have Christina M. Fuges Editorial Director Follow MMT on: Follow @ MMT_ChristinaF VIDEO: Accurate Additive Manufacturing Requires Machine Simulation Machine simulation can help to provide a clear picture of the additive manufacturing process from the first to the last step. BLOG/VIDEO: IMTS 2018: Process, Technology and Service Advancements Advancements in automation and digital manufacturing took center stage during IMTS last week, but developments in additive manufacturing, cutter technology, machining solutions, simulation software, EDM, laser technology and customer service were other hot items. WEBINAR: Innovations in Metal 3D Printing: Machines, Processes and Applications This archived webinar focuses on metal additive manufacturing (AM). With the advances in the machine, software and lasers, the applications have grown exponentially, especially in the aerospace and medical industries. EOS takes a closer look at the past, current and future status of direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). Since powder is a common feedstock, understanding which powder properties matter is important. The unique nature of AM has opened a plethora of options in materials never seen before. ZONE: Leadtime Leader Enter MoldMaking Technology's 2019 Leadtime Leader Awards competition by visiting the Leadtime Leader Zone at MoldMaking Technology online for FAQs, an entry form and what you can "win."

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