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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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Time for Onshore Tooling?

In times of political and logistical uncertainty, the benefits of manufacturers offshoring may be reduced. There are now more incentives than previously for companies to bring manufacturing back to the United States.The Coronavirus pandemic has also brought its own set of challenges to sustaining offshore production. Covid-19 Impact Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Top 10 Plastic Injection Molding Questions

Plastic injection molding is the most popular process for manufacturing plastic parts. This process involves molten material which is injected into a mold to create a product. Our in-house molders provide both the design and manufacturing of these products.  What determines the cost of plastic molding? The cost of injection molding is determined by a…

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Sourcing in Uncertain Times

The coronavirus has caused interruptions in supply chains around the world. Employees in multiple states and countries are sheltering in place to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. While this has led to some production delays, The Toolroom has contingency plans to avoid or mitigate these disruptions. The Toolroom has both in-house capabilities as…

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Midwest One-Stop Shop

The Toolroom is delighted to offer customers state-of-the-art service all the way from the beginning of the design process through production. We can help you take your idea from design to prototyping to development and then into production. First, if you have a concept or design that is not ready to go to production, or…

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What is a Compression Mold?

A compression mold is an open, heated mold. The material being molded usually is preheated, then poured into the mold. Pressure is applied to force the material into the entire mold, then heat and pressure is kept until the molded material is cured. Compression molding is useful for manufacturing large batches of large, intricate parts,…

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What is CNC Machining?

CNC machining, or computer numerical control machining, is a computerized manufacturing process. Computer software controls how tools and machines operate, instead of a human operator. CNC machines are used to turn material such as aluminum or steel into a part using tools that operate along multiple axes, sometimes simultaneously. Because CNC machines use automated processes,…

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