Methods of Mould Manufacture
Machine tools, die sinking, spark erosion, hobbing, castings etc.
General Mould Construction
Terminology, mould cavities and cores, bolsters, use of inserts, parting line, line of draw, draft angle. Prototype moulds. Use of cavity pressure transducers.
The Two Plate Mould
Runner and gate design, ejector systems, venting mould shrinkage, methods of location and aligning each half, mould venting.
Three plate tools, stack moulds.
Internal and external undercuts, splits, side cores/cavities, hydraulics,internal threads, etc.
Basic types, advantages and limitations.
Mould Materials and Heat Treatment
Low carbon, pretoughened, fully hardening and stainless steels. Non ferrous materials, case hardening, nitriding etc. Materials for prototype moulds.
Methods of cooling various core/cavity shapes.
Polishing, texturing, etc.
Standard Mould Parts
Why used, some applications, examples and suppliers.
Such as robotic operations, mould space.
How to manage a tooling project