Rotary die cutting increases production of six-pack carriers

Paper, bottle, and can carriers were once the domain of single-piece construction. But this type of beverage carrier is slow to produce and requires a substantial amount of printed high quality cardboard. A newer two-piece carrier design can be produced faster thanks to rotary die cutting technology from Schober USA. Working inline as a “slave”

Instead of machining, consider metal injection molding

Metal injection molding (MIM) is an effective way to produce complex and precision-shaped parts from a variety of materials. It offers several advantages over die casting, investment casting, and machining in such applications as firearms components, medical jaws, turbochargers, and micro sized components. Component size can range from 0.0001 in.3 to 2.5 in.3. In a

Tips for Selecting Aluminum Extrusions & Accessories

This webinar will focuses on the selection of Aluminum Extrusions and Accessories relating to the user’s specific application requirements.  Typical applications for aluminum extrusions include:  safety guarding, enclosure, work station, light machine base, shutter, robotic jig and fixture, material handling, display exhibits, as well as many others that can be utilized in a variety of industries

Die Cast Prototyping The Right Way

By Adam Scichitano, Engineering Manager, Dynacast, Lake Forest, CA and Mike Guilfoyle, General Manager, Dynacast Tooling Division, Germantown, WI Reprint info >> What’s the best way to rapid prototype a die cast component? Engineers with some die casting experience may reflexively answer “spin casting” or “machining.” A better answer, however, would be “die casting.” Prototypes

Thermoplastics: A Solid Choice for 3D Printing

When designing a new product, engineers can best predict its end performance by prototyping with a material as similar to it as possible. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) thermoplastics use the same types of raw materials found in injection molding – and that’s why 3D printing is a wise choice. You’ll learn the unique properties of

Investment Casting… Making the Unmakable Part

By Jim McGeeney, Director, FS Precision Tech, Rancho Dominguez, CA Reprint Info >> The latest investment casting is a successful marriage of ancient and modern technology. Because it was invented 4000 years ago, you might expect investment casting to be a thoroughly mature metal-forming process. However, it is adaptable, readily lending itself to such modern

Building a Better Deck

Take a look beneath the floorboards of the prefabricated residential deck system from SigmaDek Ltd. There is no wood. With an aerospace inspired design, SigmaDek has replaced lumber with an aluminum substructure of die cast and extruded components to reduce lifetime maintenance, simplify fabrication, and increase safety. Extrusions form the ledger board, beams, joists, and

How 3D Printers Help Black & Decker get Products to Market Faster

In this webinar, Christopher Barretta from the Stanley Black & Decker Industrial Design team discusses how the Objet Geometries PolyJet Matrix™ machines have improved the prototyping and evaluation process for the next generation of products coming to market. Through the use of 3D printing technology, the prototyping team delivers conceptual models faster, getting ideas in

NADCA Publishes Latest Industry Census Report

Wheeling, IL ‚– NADCA, The North American Die Casting Association, has released its latest publication, the census of the Die Casting Industry. Conducted for NADCA by TCG Consulting, this report details the latest industry findings on North American die casting business, covering more than 500 captive and custom die casters. This comprehensive report provides a

NADCA Slashes Corporate Member Dues

Wheeling, IL ‚– As die casters continue to endure challenging times and make tough business and financial decisions, NADCA, The North American Die Casting Association, announces that the association has cut its corporate member dues by half. As the economy moves from recession to recovery, NADCA appreciates that discounting membership dues is the best way

Die Casters Report Sourcing Returning to the U.S

There is little doubt that the die casting industry is facing its share of challenges during these economic times. Die casters have had to take every measure possible to maintain a profit and stay afloat. However, good news seems to be on the horizon. In a recent survey of U.S. die casters, 78% reported that