The Mould Making Process at ATT (Small Moulds Factory)
However, to create a robust design for a mould, a designer considers the requirements of all stake holders throughout the mould manufacturing process.
And most importantly, a robust design includes a user-friendly mould construction that prevents complicated maintenance processes during the life span of the mould.
During the design phase, every mould designer’s objective is to create the most effective mechanism to deliver the desired geometry without quality defects and to consider the manufacturability of every single piece in the mould.
Although this is a great step forward in supporting higher efficiency in the production process, there will still be many different strategies to choose from when it comes to actually making a piece. You need to consider speed and precision with a cost-effective approach. In addition, you need to choose the most effective and smart manufacturing processes with a low risk in failure.
Modern CNC machining centres offer immense opportunities to every mould factory to increase their productivity.
Investing in the latest generation CNC machining centres is not difficult for mould making factories these days. However, in order to deliver high precision and reliable results, you need more ingredients.
You need skilled CNC engineers, the right selection of cutting tools, and cutting strategy. But more importantly you need to have the right environment. The environment will allow these modern machines to function at their peak performance and that distinguishes a truly advanced mould factory from its rivals.
Our small moulds factory (ATT) is equipped with some of the best-in-class CNC centres in an environmentally controlled factory, which are supported by highly skilled engineers. Machining some of the most challenging and ultra-high precision moulds, enables us to offer robust solutions to our clients in medical, electro-electronic and automotive industries.
EDM (Electric Discharge Machining)
Since the early 60s, EDM erosion has been a fundamental tool in the mould making industry. As it continuously evolves, speed, high precision and creativity remain the essence of today´s Electric Discharge machining methods.
In our small moulds factory, we have deployed one of the most efficient robotic EDM centres currently available in the industry. It enables us to perform simultaneous electrode production, measurement and machining round the clock.
Our creative approach in EDM machining for our production has offered our clients high precision geometries in our reliable moulds.
After weeks of going through each step of the manufacturing process, we have hundreds of finely machined pieces in front of us and we finally get to assemble the mould and prepare it for its first try-out.
Although we are at the final stages, the design team that designs the mould in the first phase of the mould making process is still involved until the end as it all starts to come full circle.
The main objective for every mould designer is to create a robust design for complex mechanisms. The final assembly is the stage where the assembly expert makes the mould design a reality.
In our small mould factory (ATT) we measure every single piece in our state-of-the-art measurement centre before arriving to the final assembly stage in order to ensure a smooth assembly process.
Testing and Validation
As much as these set of characteristics are interconnected in producing the desired final product, one must validate the mould design and functionality first.
The most important objectives in the validation process include dry cycles, thermal validation of the moulds and its mechanisms, as well as electric and electronic functionality.
Our highly skilled team in our mould testing and validation centre know how to take the mould safely to its extreme performance limits to be able to give constructive and insightful feedback to the design and production engineers.
Testing and Validation is a vital process to ensure that we are sending our customers an efficient mould that will have longevity and endurance.
Making Moulds You Can Trust
Although the mould making process is complex, we love the challenge of each mould. With the right strategies and efficient workflow, we make moulds that you can trust.