Give us your tired, poorly designed, and muddled messes yearning to make good parts

This creative destruction of Emma Lazarus’ sonnet “New Colossus”, mounted on the pedestal of Lady Liberty in New York Harbor, is a battle cry for Rapid Mold Solutions. We are regularly faced with complex tooling requirements, molds that can’t maintain part geometry, molds that have significant design flaws, and in aggregate can only be described as “messes”. The experience in mold design, mold tuning, manufacturing, and plastic processing accumulated at Rapid Mold Solutions enables us to assess the problems, devise a game plan for the solution, and the wherewithal to implement that game plan assuring a functional, performance part, that means a quality product to market.
We see these issues arise for a variety of reasons. One of the most common issues we see are inferior molds made in low-cost countries. The demand to find less costly tooling sources often leads to more expensive tool corrections. We also see tooling that has prematurely worn and tool components that are galling. Sometimes we see poorly designed mechanical actions in a tool that require reengineering the action to obtain proper part geometry. In short, there is a litany of reasons that parts and tools display issues.
One of the causes for these problems is the result of inferior or improper tool steel selection. To address this common flaw, we will evaluate the molding within the tool, testing the metallurgy and hardness of the tool steels utilized. Once the fundamental issues of tool wear and galling have been addressed with the results of this testing, we are often faced with manufacturing replacement components, in the proper tool steel, for which there is no tool data. To accomplish this task, we will use inspection data gleaned from the existing components and in situations with more complex geometry, 3D laser scanning is sometimes used to capture more detailed information.
Another more common cause for problems is design flaws in the tooling, and improper venting of the mold. Typically design flaws are detected when mechanical actions have not been designed as robust as possible and the actions are breaking, wearing prematurely, or have actuation issues due to poor mechanics. The breadth of imagination, creativity, and knowledge within the Rapid Mold Solutions’ stable of engineering talent gives us the unique ability to alter or redesign these features to correct tool malfeasance. Poor venting on a tool is probably the most common flaw we see in a mold and often leads to gas burns on parts, improper filling of parts, and tool and parting line erosion. If caught quickly enough, adding venting to atmosphere can solve some issues quickly and cost-effectively.

The same demand for low cost tooling means more tools are staying service for longer periods of time and the longer a tool stays in service, the higher the probability it will encounter “stuck” parts, pits, dings, and wear on parting line. Refurbishing the molding of a tool is an issue that we are seeing in increasing numbers. Skilled welders, laser welding technology, and toolmakers with a knack for artistry are the keys to successfully restoring cosmetic molding detail properly and in a timely manner to reduce production down time.
So give us your tired, poorly designed, and muddled messes and let us show you how we can make your molds make great parts again!

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