FOUNDATIONS OF GOOD TOOLING
Quality and on-time delivery begins with tool engineering and design. After careful review of the customer's engineering instructions, a full scale 3D CAD design of each moldbase is drawn. The extra time spent in the design phase helps to eliminate wasted space in the tool and unplanned or awkward loose pieces. This results in a smoother operating, lighter weight, more efficient tool. Using a formal design also provides an opportunity to find potential problems and print errors before they can adversely affect delivery schedules. Usually a few phone calls or FAX transmissions are all that is needed to clear up problems at this stage of the process. Upon finalization of the tool design, the file containing the moldbase and a surfaced model of the part cavity, is sent to the CAM department for further processing. Working drawings, or full 3D tool designs will also be submitted to the customer for approval upon request.