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JUL 2018

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moldmakingtechnology.com 31 Mold Materials Pages 23 to 32 Mix of Mold Plate Materials Available Clinton Aluminum and Stainless Steel stocks the full spectrum of alloys. Clinton Aluminum and Stainless Steel's mold plate products include M1, Duramold-2, Duramold-5, M5, Formodal, Alumold, Hokotol and Weldural along with its new product CA-7 plus, which the company says helps close the gap between the cast products and the heavy forged 7000 plate. Clinton Aluminum and Stainless Steel has millions of pounds of aluminum plate, bar, rod, sheet and structural shapes at its multiple processing facilities. Multiple plate saws in each facility help the company process customer orders quickly and accurately, and the company's logistics team delivers daily to help customers meet critical lead times. Clinton Aluminum and Stainless Steel / 800-826-3370 / clintonaluminum.com Steel Requires Less Machining than D2 after Heat Treatment Diehl Tool Steel Inc. now offers Hitachi Metals America, LLC's SLD-i cold work premium tool steel, which is an advanced tool steel grade used in vari- ous blanking and forming applications where advanced, high-strength steel (AHSS) parts are processed. It is produced using the same heat treatment as D2 but exhibits better wear and toughness when used for forming and trim sections. It also shows better wear than 8-percent cold-rolled steels for specific draw sections of large automotive dies. Because of the unique manufacturing process, Hitachi SLD-i also minimizes heat treating deformation. Hitachi SLD-i requires less machining after heat treatment and a decreased amount of shape adjustment than D2. In specific application areas, customers have experienced improvement over conven- tionally applied D2. SLD-i is now available in flat cross-sections up to 5" thick and provides an effective combination of wear resistance, toughness and tool performance. Diehl can machine Hitachi SLD-i tool steel to toolmaker toler- ances using its Accu-Square process. Diehl Tool Steel Inc. / 513-242-8900 / diehlsteel.com Hitachi Metals America LLC / 248-465-6400 / hitachimetals.com Custom Machine-Ready Blanks Are Made to Order Custom machine-ready blanks from TCI Precision Metals provide the high value process of finish machining by eliminating material prep and other time-con- suming processes. Machine-ready blanks can be furnished as close as ±.0005" dimensionally and as close as .0002" in flatness, squareness and parallelism. For custom machine-ready blanks, typically, square, rectangular or round stock is milled to the customer's net specifications. TCI Precision Metals spe- cializes in producing flat plate stock, which minimizes part movement during final machining. Feature-added blanks are milled to the same tight tolerances as custom blanks, but include one or more added features—milling, hogging, roughing or finish CNC machining, if required. Machine-ready dovetail blanks are made-to-order from one to thousands, each including a precision dovetail to match the customer's brand and model of workholding fixture. The company says these blanks are perfect for four- and five-axis machining. TCI Precision Metals / 800-234-5613 / tciprecision.com Pre-hardened Steels Eliminate the Need for Heat Treat International Mold Steel offers mold base steels and cavity and core steels. It has Toolox 33 and Superplast Stainless mold base steels. It also has cavity and core steels like Nak 55, Nak 80, PX5 Modified P20, S-Star 420 Modified, DH2F Modified H-13 and Toolox 44. The company says its pre- hardened steels save time by eliminating the need for heat treatment, which elimi- nates the need for secondary machining. With mold shop deliveries getting shorter and shorter, International Mold Steel's customers need to squeeze as much time out of their mold builds as possible. In some cases, its customers are seeing double the cutter life of their tooling. International Mold Steel says that these qualities increase savings for the moldmaker and the molder. International Mold Steel Inc. / 800-625-6653 / imsteel.com

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