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Additive manufacturing adding new potential for conformal cooling


July 3, 2014 10:15 am ET

Conformal cooling — molds with water lines that curve to direct cooling water to targeted areas of the tool — is getting a facelift thanks to additive manufacturing, according to Lou Young, director of new business development for Linear Mold and Engineering Inc.

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Rampf tweaks business names to reflect broader portfolio


June 26, 2014 10:51 am ET

Materials and prototype tooling supplier Rampf Holdings GmbH & Co. KG said individual companies within the Rampf group will be operating under new names beginning in July.

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Canadian trade associations may join forces


June 24, 2014 4:44 pm ET

NOVI, MICH. (UPDATED) — The Canadian Association of Mold Makers and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association may soon form a single organization.

CNC-machined rotational molds growing, faster to produce


June 24, 2014 3:57 pm ET

Cast aluminum molds remain the most common type for rotational molding, but CNC-machined molds out of a block of aluminum are growing — and are faster to produce, according to industry officials at the SPE Rotational Molding Division's TopCon 2014.

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3-D printed molds used for short-run injection molding


June 18, 2014 2:00 pm ET

Gaining steam as a time-saving alternative to aluminum and steel molds, plastic injection molds created on a 3-D printer can replace traditional tools for some short-run items and prototypes.

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German plastics machinery producers lower 2014 sales forecast


June 17, 2014 9:50 am ET

The VDMA association of German plastics and rubber machinery producers has revised its 2014 sales forecast downwards to 3 percent, after a previous optimistic forecast at the K 2013 last year that turnover would rise 6 percent in 2014.

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Aalbers improving work flow in Ontario, adding production in Mexico


June 12, 2014 4:11 pm ET

Injection mold toolmaker Aalbers Tool & Mold Inc. is expanding to Mexico with a new plant to set open in September in Querétaro.

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Canadian mold maker buying Mexico firm


June 11, 2014 11:45 am ET

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO — Canadian mold maker I Thibault Inc. is in advanced negotiations to buy an established Mexican mold-making company.

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Singapore-based toolmaker and molder expands in Brazil


June 11, 2014 11:42 am ET

Singapore-based plastics molder and toolmaker Sunningdale Tech Ltd. is setting up an operation in Brazil, part of a series of restructurings designed to cope with challenging business conditions and rising costs in its manufacturing bases in China...

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Analyst: Tooling shortage should inspire firms to reevaluate their businesses


June 2, 2014 1:16 pm ET

With an anticipated tooling shortage on its way in coming years, toolmakers should evaluate their own businesses and look at ways to best prepare for future demand, says Laurie Harbour.

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