SPE Toolmaking Conference Scheduled for EuroMold 2005

Organized by the Rapid Design, Engineering and Moldmaking special interest group (SIG) of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), an all-day conference entitled Modern Toolmaking: Crossing Borderswill be held in conjunction with the EuroMold trade fair on Thursday, December 1, 2005, in the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. The SPE conference will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will be conducted in English.

The purpose of the society’s SIG is to explore new technologies for making moulds more quickly and more economically, to report factual evidence of their outcomes in ordinary applications, and to help SPE members learn about potentially useful new techniques. This conference is one method by which new tool design and manufacturing concepts may be introduced to a sometimes skeptical and conservative mould making establishment that must be convinced that productivity enhancements are not overbalanced by the risk involved in adopting an innovative technology perceived as still immature.

This SPE Rapid Design, Engineering and Moldmaking SIG conference consists of nine presentations offered in three thematic blocks. The morning session, on “Increased Productivity of the Mouldmaking Process,” will describe innovative practices that may help speed the process either by reducing mould testing time or by streamlining quote generation.

The early afternoon session, “Combining New Mouldmaking Techniques with Traditional Ones,” presents original approaches used by some mould makers, such as incorporating rapidly manufactured tool portions with conventionally machined aluminium centerpieces. The conference concludes with a final two-hour rapid-tooling session on “New Developments in RT Materials & Machines.”

The managers and engineers for whom the conference was created may attend one session or all three. In any case, they will have plenty of time to visit EuroMold, which runs from November 30 through December 3. Conference sponsorships and tabletop display opportunities are available. SPE members receive discounted admission.