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A white paper is an opportunity for our industry leading experts to dive deeper into some of the industries most frequently asked questions. And by providing these insights we hope to help and inform you on ways in which to create added value to your manufacturing process.

EDM
Sink & drill in one

As workpiece size and tolerance requirements continue to shrink, shops often face the tough challenge of wire EDMing extremely small holes in such components – holes that must be precisely located, perfectly round and have superior surface finishes. However, current holemaking technologies can fall short when it comes to accurately producing hole diameters down around 0.002 in.

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Hole Making(web)

Demand for smaller, deeper and more precise holes produced as fast and as consistently as possible has created a need for more advanced, new electrical discharge machine (EDM) drilling technology in holemaking operations. Here are some tips on how to select the EDM drilling system that will help your shop achieve these holemaking goals.


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WEDM Gauging

One could say that the medical and aerospace industries are two that pushed hardest for the development of in-process gauging on wire electrical discharge machines (EDMs). The reason is that shops within these industries operate under stringent process verification requirements. And in doing so, they must document their manufacturing/machining processes – wire EDMing included.


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Optical Measuring

Today’s wire EDM technology gives manufacturers a productive way to meet continually growing demand for smaller and more complex parts. Most recently, newly-developed vision-based measurement and contour scanning technology, integrated into the wire EDM machine itself, is further improving the productivity, accuracy and cost efficiency of micron-scale wire EDM operations.


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Automation
Scalability

Manufacturing automation technology boosts productivity, profitability and global competitiveness. However, many shops are reluctant to commit to an automation system due to concerns about flexibility and cost. Determining the scope of an automation system involves trying to anticipate a facility’s future needs, and system design, assembly, and installation can include long lead times and significant expense.

 

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Laser Texturing
The Introduction of Laser Ablation for Surface Texturing

In many industries, surface texture has become an important aspect of product design. It not only provides the means to refine the physical appearance of an item, but also allows a company to influence users’ tactile impressions of their products. Command of this subtle interaction offers the opportunity to convey to customers a subconscious, and in some instances conscious, indication of product quality. It is of no surprise that moldmakers are increasingly seeking out ways to improve the level of control exerted in surface texturing.


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Laser Texturing

Laser texturing allows for intricate and consistent designs to be added to injection molds for decoratative purposes. These textures enable individualization of products ranging from automotive components to packaging by mimicking the look of leather, wood, geometric patterns and much more. When compared to conventional surface treatment using chemical etching processes, laser texturing can offer ecological and design advantages.

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Additive Manufacturing
GF + Eos

When it comes to injection and blow mold tooling, the cooler the better, and cooling channels are what keep tooling temperatures in check. Optimized cooling channels improve mold product quality, extend mold tooling life and increase the efficiency of the overall molding process.

However, there are mold shapes that can make machining optimized tool cooling channels impossible. A perfect example would be the cylindrical shaped molds used to produce golf balls. Optimal cooling channels in tooling for these molds would be ones that would mirror or conform to the cylindrical shape of the mold cavity.


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