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Flashback: The Toolroom is 2009 Boeing Supplier of the Year

Quality, service and performance are important when choosing the company that ultimately gets your business. Recognition from industry leaders is a clear way to tell that a business deserves serious consideration. The Toolroom was awarded the 2009 Boeing Supplier of the Year, an honor bestowed only to suppliers that exceed Boeing’s stringent expectations. Boeing is…

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Plastics in Injection Molding

Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible and durable. Its malleable properties make it ideal for injection molding, the most common way to manufacture parts. Plastic polymers that melt and soften with heat and solidify when cooled are called thermoplastics. This differs from the chemical change that occurs in thermoset materials, resulting in a permanent hardened material…

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How One Ship Halted Global Trade

The Ever Given, a massive container ship horizontally wedged in the Suez Canal, was freed on Monday, March 29th after it blocked all traffic through the crucial shipping channel for nearly a week. In 2020, an average of more than 50 ships per day passed through the 120-mile long Egyptian waterway. That accounts for about…

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A Primer on Mold Cavities

Injection molding is one of the most widely used methods in the manufacturing of parts. It is both cost effective and can facilitate large production runs. Injection molding utilizes a machine with three components: an injection unit, a mold and a clamp. Here we look at the mold and its importance in the injection molding…

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Intelligence in Injection Mold Creation

Plastic injection molding is a savvy choice for producing products and parts. This adaptable method can be more efficient than other alternatives. While many companies can provide plastic injection molding and quite a few can create those molds, the right mold injection creation company will provide comprehensive services from design to implementation. The professionals at…

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Master Unit Die Molds

A master unit die (MUD) is a universal frame that fits into the press allowing for an insert mold to slide in and out quickly in place of using a full size mold clamped to the press. Inserts usually contain an ejector plate, core pins, and mold cavities. Inserts can easily be modified and reinserted…

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A History of Mold Making

Mold making has existed for thousands of years. Molds have been found around the world from ancient times including a stone mold dating back to the bronze age used to make spear tips to a mold from ancient Greece that was used to make figurines and even a wooden mold to make candy in Sri…

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Bridge Tooling

Bridge tooling is an important part of the development process. Also referred to as rapid tooling, it represents a stage in development that bridges the gap between prototyping and final production when there is a need for molded parts and production tooling is not yet available. The Toolroom offers tool rapid prototyping for projects big…

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Compression Molds

Compression molding or press molding is a lower cost, more commonly used approach to rubber molding. Compared to other methods, such as injection molding, Compression molding requires less materials and is a great low-cost approach for low production runs for composite components. The Process The Compression molding process is when a thermosetting plastic material is…

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Onshoring versus Offshoring

Onshoring Onshoring is the process of moving a business from overseas back to the country where it originally operated. Many companies prefer onshoring because of quick project turnarounds and improved communication between employees and clients. Many offshore locations are in areas with low labor costs, but there is often a language barrier. With onshoring, you…

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