American Tool & Engineering Inc. in Greene, Iowa, is expanding its capabilities to include a complete pattern and model shop. The shop will be in a 2,400-square-foot facility the company leased. Larry Driscoll, sales manager for American, said the shop will be operational by the end of February. American also plans to install additional design and programming software. The company now has two stations for Pro/Engineer software, two for CAD-Key and a Camax command system.
American produces many cast-aluminum tools that require patterns to build the hard tooling, Driscoll said. The firm also makes models for original equipment manufacturers who want to see an actual part and determine fit, form and function before building the mold. That necessitated the addition of pattern and model capability, he said.
The cast mold finishing department will be moved into the same facility as the pattern shop. This will make room in the company's main plant, a 6,000-square-foot building owned by American, for a new computer numerically controlled machining center and other support equipment for expanded mold making.
American, founded in 1992 by Dennis Hobson, designs and builds industrial molds for blow molding and thermoforming. The company employs 26 and had 1995 sales of $1.3 million.