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data, and reminders to keep them aware of some critical items at just the right time to prevent error. Thus, an extensive checklist is presented. It will insure consideration of the potential hazards, weaknesses, and misunderstandings that face mold designers, engineers, and builders. There are, of course, many variations of molds, whatever their general classifications. Naturally, it is not possible in a presentation on mold fundamentals to describe in detail the very complex designs that sometimes evolve. However, you can be sure that any complex design can be broken down into its simplistic fundamentals as outlined in this text. We have tried to mention all mold-design and moldmaking methodseven those that are rarely used. Our purpose here is to stimulate interest and to encourage original study. We wish to thank the many users of the previous editions for their helpful suggestions for changes and improvements in the text. Since many pieces of equipment that are obsolete by present standards continue to be used, we have described mold types for some of them. For instance, this text is used in parts of the world where very primitive equipment is employed. There, the people need data on molds for simple processing equipment, and to use the supply of moldmaking materials, which may be available in these localities but far removed from suppliers of standard mold parts. We are indeed grateful for the widespread acceptance and distribution of this text since it was first published in 1946 by the American Technical Society. We appreciate the obligation this places on us to be accurate, precise, and factual. In preparing this new edition, we have carefully researched the intervening developments and have made every effort to provide serious readers with a body of knowledge that they can carry confidently

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Continuous Extrusion
Plastics materials are extruded in continuous strips of regular section, Fig. 1.7. This is done by a machine which operates much like a sausage stuffer. The raw material is placed in a hopper, where it is moved into and through a heating chamber by a screw feed. At the die end of the heating cylinder the material (which has been heated and compressed to a plastie mass) is forced through a die which shapes the extruded section. A moving belt carries the section away from the die, and the final dimension of the part is governed by the speed of this take-off belt. The extruded piece is stretched to a reduced sec-tion area by the take-off belt. The extrusion dies are relatively simple and inexpensive and are quite similar to extrusion dies used for the low-melting-point metals. Figure 1.8 shows the rear or screw side of an extrusion die used to make a rectangular strip. Note the tapered entry.
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Botties and other hollow articles are extrusion blow molded of thermoplastic materials. For this, a tube, called a parison, may be extruded and this hot thermoplastic tube is clamped between the fttces of a blow mold. Air pressure is i m w d k t f ~ l applied in the clamped tube to expand it and fill out the y . mold ntour ( ~ i g 119).

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lding machines are cqdppwl to rotate the molds continuously in the horizontal axis during the molding cycle. This pro-dwre facilitates the p r d e o n of i n r q d hoflow parts of almost ,aqp-open or closed-rigid or flexible. Ip process, a mead liquid or powdered &@dd is p l w d in each mold @ @ mold halves closed, they art3 i-n3 heated area while -ale . ~psly the- t w.~ ' ~ h n until the mtirqiassr mdd surface in es and :nin thesmophstics has formed in the mold su&a&, the, J@@ 'a m e spray or air blast while rotation continued h a tr IF&$- - a n faIzn:ated by aluminum casting, rnacM-* 1.41 A* %rbp.E~mmd mbkel. The molds are vented byb% QLW& . @ I & W cl on the &tpk mold designs z is

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jbs, and fixtures out of plasThe metal vqs&a$3~wsO;ies mak6ptmy tics, and thew m&are identifed by thc snmsp*urira rooling. The plasies refer to their tcl& as molds, dies, and fixtures. tics pr REFEREMBaq, ~ f i c~ @ m & n g Design fir Flasrtcs, Mew Y & Van Nostrand Reinhold, , D. Van Nostrand Reinhold, ~ ~ c Ronald D.,P M i c s Prodird Deaig~n,2nd &., New k , 1980. &mhdt, E.C ,f i ~ s s i n g T h e m p k W c M % , New York: Van N0s-d of a* Reinhold, 1974.

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by the extremely stmple molds of wood and m t e r are usually hobbyist who wants to experiment with p b t k s . Some readers will quation this a a e h o f i M u s e break-away pbSt€% Very COmmon in &&? -0xY b and fi&+s lg@p and in the molding Of a* d m and intriwlte'shap for the a h d t idustry. ableto cover eventhin&. This erePla3tjcs old Engineering will not lude to basic &$M tgrpes and feartum,&jB &&90~ idtial undwBnding Bn of the molds only. We urge you to co~lect 3tZdog and house o r w s which describe and promote n w meth& Qf-Ow h 6 h @ t i o mof old methods F have put togetlfer t o make a f a h a t i n g device that that probably g l l do a job previou~lyconsidered impossible. Our point here is-ne most compliqted mold ever built W s made U of the simple a P cmponentg and $.Ct'& 'described in this text. bfosI inventions are simply

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GENERAL MOLD TYPES

The variety of molding materials and molding methods has necessitated the development of many mold types in order that full advantage of the material possibilities might be secured. Three general types of molds are used and these may be subdivided into several classes. The three general types are compression molds, transfer molds and injection molds. These three systems, described in Chapter 1, will be reviewed here. There is no particular significance to the order in which they are presented. Historically, compression molds were the very first types to be used in the middle 1800s. The injection molds came into being in the 19% for the thermoplastics processing and the transfer molds came i n t ~ in the use 1930s. For a history of the development of the industry, ref^^^ should be made to Plastics History, U.S.A.*
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ession molded parts. In most cases which involve molding proble h as those itemized above, the lower final cost of the part, after all
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material in it). After the application of pressure to close the mold and it tightly clamped against injection pressure; the molten plastics mateis forced into the closed cavity by a source of pressure other than that caused the mold to close. The melting of the plastics material in the ve machine cylinder is calledplasticizing. Figure 2.9 shows a molded rt as it comes from the injection mold. The runner clearly shows as the ss-bar in front of the operators left arm. One gate is indicated by his left mb. The molten material passes through the runner and gates (2) on its y into the cavity. The point at which the molten plastics material passes m the runner into the cavity is called the gate. You will note that we refer 'flowing into the cavity." This'bavity means the space between the male n and the female section into which the molten plastics will eventually into the desired shape and detail. The point at which the core and vity separate or move apart when the mold is opened is called the parting e. Chapters 7 and 8 detail the different manners in which the material can introduced into the cavity through a gate or gates in various locations. ch location has its advantage and disadvantages. The proper choice of ting is one of the essential fundamentals of mold engineering thatmust mastered by the mold designer. Injection molds are used for molding either thermosetting or thermoplastic
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usually split lengthwise, and the inflated object retains the size and shape of the inside of the mold. The blow mold is a variation of the split-wedge or split-cavity mold. The major difference is that in this case the entire mold is split, and temperature control is provided within each half of the mold. The clamping of the split halves is accomplished by action of the blow molding machine. The design and construction are quite different from those of conventional molds. This subject is covered in Chapter 11 as a separate and special problem. The expanded-plastics, reaction injection and foam molds are treated separately in Chapter 13. Structural foam is an element of the expanded plastics and requires unique mold designs, as well as specially adapted injection machines. Here, again, the serious designer must pay close atten. , tion to the trade literature available for the many speciiic materials that can be foam molded. Essentially, the molds used for foam molding confine the charge while it is expanded by heat, or gas pressure liberated in the heating .process, filling the space between the cavity and core to form the desired .molded part.

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The second manner in which molds are described is by the manner in which they are to be operated. Molds can be classXH as a hand molds, sedautomatic molds or automatic molds.

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and a loading shoe. The of mold, Fig. 2.16, consists of a m ed midway between the loading shw'&mekly a floatin forms or powder may plunger and cavity when the mol a loading shoe with be loaded ia W4 type of mold. molded p.kp partially ejected. The loding shoe mold offers mom %&lwnh@s for certain types of compression molding. The cavity iar mqe acxxs~iblethan is tbat of the landed plunger mold, and inserts m y lk loaded easily in it. The height of the cavity well is lower in this classification, but the mold will nevertheless cost about the same as a landed plunger mold bemuse of the added shoe. High-impact materials may be molded'in this type a f mold, therefore used for work which specifies these materials, although next described may provide even greater advantage. loading shoe molds are not mommendad because may cause binding of the loading shoe. f i s h the load& shoe arrivesat its normal position.

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elarnine and urea compounds should be semipositive olds are not required. These compounds require bring them to the plastic state, and good molded without causing the compound to flow under ithout keeping it sealed in the cavity during the olds described in the foregoing pages are the which, with various modifications, are used for dfl mold ns have been devised to meet special problems. d to meet the compression molding problems compress the material and at the same time as the mold closes. Transfer and injection molds are pound is introduced into the cavity, therefore iscussion of these jpecial problems. As stated sually adopt designs similar no extra loading space is required and the

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types has been developed for special classes of work. were devised to reduce costs or improve operating contate the molding of complex shapes which may not be the more simple molds.

tEo mold consists of a group, or "gang," of cavities
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cia1 ejector fixtures. To facilitate production, two plates are used in most cases, as the parts may be removed from one plate during the curing period of the other. These extra plates are used extensively when several inserts must be threaded into the plat-. The use of the extra plate wl, in most il instances, give a fifty per cent increase in production. Molds which use this construction must not be top large as excessive weight make the plate unwieldy and overheavy to, handle. Twenty pounds is a desirable maximum weight for the removable plate mold, although fifteen pounds is considered better. When heavier plates are required, they should be designed to slide from the mold onto a track W the

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It is generally possible to design a mold so that the molded part will stay on the plunger or in the cavity. In some cases it is desirable to provide a double-ejector arrangment in order that the piece may be ejected from the cavity or plunger. The design of the piece may not permit the use of pickups, and, therefore, the piece may stick to either part of the mold. Double-ejector designs are also desirable when inserts are to be molded in the top and bottom of a piece and the length of the plunger will interfere with the loading of inserts in the top. This is illustrated in Fig. 2.31. The top ejector pins extend down to the bottom of the plunger when the mold is open so that inserts may be loaded readily on the pins. In like manner, the bottom ejector pins extend up out of the cavity when the mold is open to permit easy loading of the inserts.

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A power hacksaw (Fig. 3.1) or band cut-off saw is most commonly Used for cutting bar st&k to the desired rough size. A mold maker may or may not invest in a power cutsff saw depending upon the availability of steel stock in a 1 1 metal supply warehouse, ~he.supplier certainly have will one (qg. 3.2). These machines are motordriven and apply a metal-cutting blade or band to the bar stock. Some of the newer machines feature an automatic fwd between s ~ s s i v cuts of the same length, with a pre-set number e of cuts. An abrasive cut-off machine is found in some shops. In this machine a narrow motordriven abrasive wheel moves into the stationary bar, making a very smooth cut with little waste. This is a most efficient way to cut small pre-hardened steel bars, certain alloys, or hardened standard ejector pins to approximate length before final machining and fitting in a mold assembly (Fig. 3.3).

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bevel cut from one edge of a steel plate.

Shapers are built in A variety of sizes from small high-speed units to large machines that take 36-inch blocks. A planer does the same job as a shaper but uses fixed cutting tools. The work is placed on a moving table that passes under the cutting tools, as shown in Fig. 3.4. This is a powerful machine that takes large cuts from one or more surfaces at every stroke. In most shops, a shaper is used for the finishing of blocks and plates requiring a work stroke for '/2 to about 20 in. A planer is commonly used where the work stroke varies from 1 or 2 feet up to several feet. A planer may be used for finishing several plates of the same size and setup, just as the shaper. Generally, a shaper is used, in preference to a planer, for work within its capacity. The shaper operates more rapidly than the planer, and is more efficient for the jobs that it can handle. In recent years the shaper and planer have been replaced by milling machines with carbide tooling which are much more productive.

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rk to be ground is placed on a round magnetic t opposite in direction of the work can be coned. Several pieces, to be the magnetic chuck and ground is usually operated w i h a spray sing 8@r the work. ce grinder is used for grinding soft or hardened an inexpensive means of finishfaces will be parallel. so that angles or radii 3.14, use a magnetic chuck to the grinding wheel. Micrommay be controlled dmely. "wet (lr+diy" grinders.
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$. The uuivemal cvlindrical grinder used to grind outside diameters.

isus accessories or attachments, are the most versatile machine making. w h i n e s are often called die-sinking machines, because # & @ supporting the cutting tool, or end mill, will move along [B$IWI law.er the cutter into the work piece. In horizontal milling @#@dJe axis is parallel to the plane of the work table. A univerbme is a horizontal type with an additional swivel movement q horizontal plane.
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dimension on a drawing, can be generated from suitable model or pattern. Figure 3.22 shows a duplicator setup machining a cavity for a blow mold. The tracing head on the right operates a servo-control valve, controlling. hydraulic circuits to cylinders which power the three coordinate movemenu of the work table and cutter spindle. Both the master pattern and the work piece are fastened. securely to the movable work table. The cutter (usmlly a ball nose end mill) is mounted in the power spindle and centered over the work. A tracing stylus of proper shape and size is mounted in the tracH spindle and centered ~ ~ the r e 'J:k pattern must be the m e size@ the Finished wwk ,pie+ Qw pr$(y .ap I: I, but reduction far w i d
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FIG.3.24. Bridgeport vertical miller with rotary table and special angle milling head. (Courtesy Ethyl-Marland Mold, PittsJeld, MA)

Pantograph Milling Machines. These are similar in function to duplicating machines. However, the ratio is larger than 1:l and may be as high as 20:1 so the pattern must be appropriately larger than the work piece. Independent tables with three coordinate movements are used for mounting and positioning the pattern and the work. These machines are used for mechanical engraving, and when set for large ratio reduction will cut very delicate detail from a large pattern. Realistic models for hobbyists are machined in this manner. Small letters or numbers are cut from large master types. Figures 3.26 and 3.27 show pantographs that are used in mold making.
METAL-DISPLACEMENT PROCESSES'

These processes are more commonly called hobbing and cavaforming. Since each method, regardless of the name, involves the displacement of the metal by some means other than machining, and the use of master patterns to determine the final dimensions of the work piece, we shall consider these processes as similar. They are most frequently used in making cavities or

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Frc. 3.26. Pantograph mill. The pattern at left is ten times the size of the work at right. (Courtesy Ethyl-Marland Mold, Pittsfield, MA)

in the conventional manner and hardened and polished. The cavity block is a prepared block of S.A.E. 3110 steel or the equivalent, and the impression is made cold. The press must exert very high pressure. Some hobbing presses develop pressures as high as 3000 tons. Many mold makers send their hobbing to outside specialists who have the large presses required for this work. The "Cavaform"* process may be used to advantage for deep, small diameter cavities having draft and other internal configuration instead of straight round holes. The pencil barrel cavity is a typical application. A highly accurate hardened and polished male master is made. Annular mold inserts are then gun drilled to the desired depth, hardened and polished to a 4-8 microinch finish. The mold insert is then placed over the male master and reduced to its configuration by a swaging-extrusion process. Fifteen hundred cavities have been made over a single mandrel by this process. The machinery required for this process is large and expensive and such work is done on a job basis by the owners of the "Cavaform" trade name.
*Massie Tool and Mold, I n c . , St. Petersburg, FL.

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METAL EROSION PROCESSES Electrical Erosion (Electrical Discharge Machining-EDM)
Again, in this metal removal process, a master pattern is required; however, it is used as an electrode and must be electrically conductive. Hardness is not a requirement so copper alloys are generally used to make the master. Cast zinc and machined graphite are also used in some instances. Figure 3.29 shows the principle of spark erosion applied to mold making. The gap between the master and the work is quite uniform and small. As the master descends, small intense sparks are generated wherever the gap is reduced. Erosion occurs on both master and work, but is a negative polarity, and the mas-

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at all times to remove the minute particles that are formed between the master and the work piece. Electrical erosion is slow compared to mechanical

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3 30 Electrical erosion machine with power Courtesy ELOX Corp., Troy, MI)

at right and dielectric fluid pump

produce textures such as fabrics and fine leather on molded the reverse detail into a hard or soft metal cavity. In the the chemically resistant coating is produced in a film contours and surfaces. The film is then exposed to a washed away to expose the metal for erosion. Detail Y chemical erosion or displacement is of quite uniform

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depth and dll app?ar.as raised markings or decorations QQ the molded part.
CASTING PRO

sses include casting and i

can be seen (in any molds rarely provides

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&&a h d plaster, &&!or m pl&$~,.-oran~ golid m e t . . a t wbo'amib kr&&j.yi% i s b Qwipdata and inforthese h

&%lop$ adequate pressure in the assembled ceramic nrolelas molten m e d is poured in and fills the molds. This pressure and the uniform fine porosifji af the entire mold produce excellent castings which are dense and sound. ted tool steel alloy for mold making can be cast to shape by th$ Shaw mold can make only one reprduction or cast, thys a s e p q I S made for each insert ordered. In the dsht appl@$~n, it ornical compared to machining a ca%tY w'&re. ~ k k i b ~ n , produced by other specialists, usingceetdfu&l easthg r.am-pieck:semi-ceramic mold or investment. This method may be ca] isrt ~ . ~ p a * ~>-::,. r~ &; , * ~ mmt casting, centrifugal

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and $m&&mpfeswre castings. Note flutes and ribs which a n RPO~ 3.a. form& I tb8 cavity sedon8. (Churtesy Tooling Specialties, Inc.. Denver, CO) n

process which differs from the <casting

mmend the proper alloy steel for various Pmskre castingepcialists will h o b or m9stefs. Canfiguration f the hob detail and the number of castings to be produced determine the selection of the proper heat-resisting steel. Some, with highly alloy content rue expmwive and difficult to machine. C a t of the master is offset by the advantap obtained by the process which can provide cavity detail impossible by machining or cold hobbing. Figure 3.32 shows examples of master hobs and castings produced from them. Molded Cavities "Custom molded cavities" is a 1982 development ~f the 3M Center, St+ Paul, MN, and data concerning this process should be in the designer's file for ready reference where the process is applicable. The principd 1imitatioQ is physical size af the f e i tool, which cannot exceed 3 in. X 3 in. X 3 in* 3M custom cavities are molded from a STEZLITEmalloy rigid model (male or female) supplied by the customer. Any tical cavity inserts can be made from a single model (as oppo* mb t$e Process, which is destructive to the model). The applicatio the same manner as machined steel, hobbed steel, or b The indicated use is for cavities with decorative detafl complexity. Cavities with functional detail, such as c
STELLITEe is registered tra-k
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thkhms or build-up energy to h a porous structure

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4 shafts in mbrs, engines
a t h w : ~ ~ e - p o ~ tpro n i

3~ anakd mddng. The designer m g
d n g or "mechanical plating" in consitlerhg possible appliations.

MISCELLANEOUS PROCESSES

Mald-Maklng Procedure

TIw sequence of operations ill the making of various mold members should

& d e r s t o o d by the mold designer so that he may more accurately visualize

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%h~=r,vertical mill, or lathe as required. v a t a p ~ used for machining rectangular are surfaces are often finished on a grinder .h&rance machining. External machining proiw* p r o d u ~ d metaldisplacement or metalby

f a a e is delivered. Delivery commitments determine the choice. In either

a' surfaces, are taken to the bench for layout work. Screw holes, water or
m. m lines, and other holes are laid out for drilling. Pockets may be laid , m for rough sawing to shape, mill, bore or lathe-turn to finished size. t

am,the disassembled plain plate members, ground square and parallel on

Cevlty and Core Inserts
'Them @a @sllallyprodueed from anpealed tool steel alloy bars or forgings d sdt;able stmla sim. After rough cutting to size with a cut off saw, round twembers ore turned to approximate size on the lathe; rectangcskr parts are tough sized on the millers. Round or circular internal.openings are
*SeeCbpWn 5 , 7 and 8.

Pra. 3.35. Jig mill boring mold base. (Courtesy &hyl-Marland Mold, Pitrsfield, MA)

deposition processes. Hobs and master patterns are machined in the same manner as a core insert for a mold. Letters and numbers are generally stamped or engraved in the mold members after other operations are completed, and prior to polishing.

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Measurement and Layout M mf the conventional hand tools are used by mold makers. The vernier Y

h@bt gauge (Fig. 3.37) vernier calipers, micrometers, clamps, indicators,
V-bhks, parallels, surface plates, angle plates, sine bars, and gauge blocks invaluable for layout and dimension operations, such as checking work in Pe.t%ss. (See also measurement of surface finish - Page 105). &nd. tbols necessae for bench finishing are diemaker's files and riffle fikes, chisels, scrapers, and engraving tools (Fig. 3.38). Abrasive materials are coated cloth and paper, graded stones, lapping compounds, and diamond paste. The entire finishing and polishing technique is one of metal cutting by hand, working out machine marks and imperfections in molding surfaces

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FIG.3.37. A froished mold ~ d o is arefully checked with a vernier height gauge before n assembly.

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FIG. 3.38. Hand tools are frequently used for the engraviw of malds.

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also used as a hand grinder, but it has ~ p w ~ p o w e r less and t machine. This unit, fitted with a polishing wheel, is shown

int of the functioning and performance re-

Fig. 3.49, preplating treatment and the plating

ler after he has the work will, in many cases, eliminate

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plating. (Courtesy Nutmeg Ckrome Corp., West Hart-

' (Courtesy Nutmeg Chrome Corp., West Hartford, CT)

Heat Treating Equipment
Most plastics molds use hardened cavities, plungers and pins. Other parts of the mold are also hardened. Mold steels are generally annealed before . work is begun, and they are often annealed or normalized during the mold making process. Most small mold parts are made from forgings. Both of these materials must be annealed so that they will machine easilf. Mold parts are heat-treated after machining or hobbing to obtain strength, wearing qualities and distortion resistance. The equipment most frequently used (Figs. 3.47 and 3.48) consists of an annealing furnace, a tempering furnace, a carburizing furnace, a large burner and suitable quenching baths. Oil, gas and electricity are the heating media most frequently used in the heat treating of steel. The furnaces are merely fire-brick lined ovens equipped with a heating unit. Liquid baths of lead or salt serve special needs; the lead bath to draw and temper steel parts, and the salt baths to minimize

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be a complex and academic subject, the basic principles are
the growing importance of achieving, measuring and interquality surface finishes, this basic study of surface measure-

booklet, much of what is said can be applied to other

any study of surface measurement be preceded by a clear the terms in general use.

or roughness is that part of surface texture best defined
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at by a process of trial and error. It is important to bear in mind that the best finish attainable by a skilled operator, within the limits of his machine, is not necessarily the best finish for a component. In the past, visual appearance rather than mechanical design requirements has frequently determined the surface finish values; indeed, a surface finish governed by visual appearance could very well be over-specified, leading to unnecessarily high production costs (Fig. 3.51). While surface

rally results from the condition of the production tool or grinding wheel (Fig. 3.53).

Re, 3.51. TkEg &mphindiafea iWsh Ss mtq#s.

bf a surfPce am: R, mughaerrs (primary tcxt~m); wavA,,

Was swin$, and W + IQ* &IS-mghnes9. waviness

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E-v

Meter Cut-off (mm)

Traverse Length (mm) Minimum Maximum

R t l + R t z + Rt3+ Rt4 + R t s

'bpR1 R2
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R3

R5

R7

R4

R G R ~Ra

Rlo

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the grit and its size used in a grinding wheel (Fig. 3.53). , Root-Mean-Square (RMS) is an average geometric roughness and was an, American standard. In 1955, it became obsolete, but naturally enough will ,!&I1 be encountered occasionally. It is sufficient to say that its numerical value is some 11 percent higher than that of R, (CLA, AA) (see Fig. 3.53). The foregoing standards, with the exception of RMS, are in common use. 'Other terms will be encountered in the study of surface measurement such as k, tp, R. R,, It is worth enlarging on the parameters R and R, since increasing ref, , erence is being made to them by manufacturers of surface measuring devices and Standards Institutions. Both R,, and R are parameters that give a mea, summent of the average peak-to-valley height, the former being intend* for measurement by a machine whereas the latter lends itself to graphical determination and cannot yet be reproduced by a machine. In some cases I ! &, and R, can be used as alternative or supplementary parameters to Rt. ;; & , ' (For determination of these parameters see Fig. 3.54). In order to simplify the illustration of surface measurement principles? reference will be confined in the remainder of this article to R,, Rp, and Rt, as it is felt that these parameters will be sufficient to develop the basic

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Frc. 3.54. Definitions.

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Secondary TeMwe. Secondary texture is that part of the surface texture underlies t s r m g h n e s s . All types of machine vibrations, for-instance spindle deflectiln Bnd imbalance, can be the cause; it is generally described as waviness or more simply W (Fig. 3.52).

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The p r o d i t i o n process used will form patterns on the surface. 9rhe Pred0minankpattern direction is known as the lay.

CoC-off (Sampling kngth). Cut-off is a facility that is built in to most measurin$devices. Its function is to suppress waviness (secondary 3
whatever d e g is required within the limitations of the cut-off ~ this facility is of great importance as it allows the effects of Process to be studied gparately from the effects of machine lkfficieficies. Cut-off is a filtering operation that is performed by a frequencydcpnqent electro?$,&filter. The cut-off values according to the British
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We h v e chosen to discuss two points in stppe.deptb, ,because they am constantly giving rise to doubt and argument.

tw s a q values mice. The length of sfroke should

40 traverse a partsular feature. It shouM be borne since the surface appeaqnce varies, it is desirable

reasons previously highlighted. Likewise use of tures two or mofe times.

is equivalent to. 39.37 mi-

not used elsewhere. Unlike R,,

far ease of specification and

py a sliding skid (Fig. 3.55). The

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&eel, &&lting Steel, water Wdening Steel, oil hardening'

Steel, low dlay & carbon Kirksite (zbioallay)

Mulainam aUoy

Silicone rubber

P stress.

The premme in a

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arc melting process, is remelted by using it as an electrode. Figure rates the Electroslag Remelting Process. The (ingot) electrode, the cathode, is slowly melted away in small droplets. These dropthrough a molten slag bath which has a purifying action and proe liquid metal from oxidation. It solidifies quickly in the watermold, which also tends to form it in a more uniform structure. In a s s , no special atmosphere or vacuum is used to protect the metal. tion is rendered entirely by the layer of liquid slag. Vacuum Arc Remelting process, no liquid slag is used to protect g metal, because the process is contained in a vacuum. It is more costly & ; : + ~ u $the equipment is more sophisticated. e paring the charge for the electric furnace, pure iron or carefully scrap is used, together with alloy materials in the percentages . Inasmuch as the chemical composition of every constituent steels is known, various elem nts can be brought into association per ratio to achieve a desir result. "Cold melt" electric furnace made from a charge of cold ma rials, the name serving to differit from production steels produ by charging the electric furtb molten steel from an open-hearth race. the steel has been melted and refined it is poured into iron molds ingots. Tool steel ingots may range in size from 6 in. up to 70 in.

t the liquid metal from the electric degassing process which removes most of the hydrogen and ually done by means of a vacuum ing Argon into the liquid metal. The removal of most of gases wl result in a cleaner steel which is very desirable in il steels. There are several methods of degassing. The most p o p
(A), the ladle of liquid steel is put into a sealed vessel from
WIllW

'has been pumped out to create a vacuum. This is called
(B) of the sketch, the ladle is sitting on top of the vacuum uid metal is poured into the ingot mold which has been

ladle
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r of the ingot being the last to become

i~ P least, tainix
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, the center of the ingot may be left hollow or, at ensity. The defect resulting is called pipe. Ingots conf the manufacture ss known as cogging. In the cogging

81 methods. A Ladle degassing process. B. Vacuum ingot degassing pro-

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process, the ingot is heated to the proper temperature and then worked to the desired size and shape by a process of hammering, pressing, or roll$R$. Some types of steel, such as high-speed steel, should always be hamm e d or pressed in the forming of billets. These billets may be round or quare. The cogging operation is used to form the billet to the shape desired and to reduce the cross-sectional area of the ingot and increase its length. Surface defects may develop during cogging, such as seams, laps, or $packs. These must be removed before further work is done on the billets, Removal of the defects is accomplished by one of three methods, namely: '&hipping, grinding, or rough turning. Billets are sometimes pickled in lacid to remove scale and to "point up" defects. The chipping process makes use of air-hammers and gouge chisels to remove seams. Grinding i s usually done with swing-frame grinders. High-speed steel billets usually . m i r e grinding, and they are &en removed in a milling machin o m types are milled all away the entire surfa

W s lathe. - f t W t s prepared in the manner just described are then rolled or hamrnered to a specified size. In the rolliag of tool steel, the cross section of She biilet must be reduced slowly, and this is accomplished in repeated +piaxes through the rolls, a small reduction occurring with each pass. Care is exercised t o do the rolling while the temperature of the steel is between maximum and minimum temperature limits. After being rolled, the bars must be annealed to remove the stresses.and to make them soft enough for machining. Annealing is done by heating the steel to the correct temperature and fbm allowing it to cool slowly. Scale will form on the surface if this is do@ in air, and to prevent this, the bars are annealed in an atmosphere bmtrolled furnace or are pipe-annealed. In the pipe-annealing p r o w , bars are placed in large pipes and surrounded with a baterial t b t re%& oxidation. (Cast iron chips are generally used for this purpose). Tht? pipes are then sealed and the entire charge is heated to the.annealing te& p a t t u n . On reaching this .temperature, the charge slowly as required for the type of steel being prod 18 to 24 hours. Today much tool steel is being an controlled furnaces. n e atmosphere in the furnace oxidation or scafing 09 the metal. In the various heating cycles required for cogghg, rolling a+ a ihg, some carbon will be oxidi- %$y fn w o t c Mth: t ~ttiYit& air c na t b

produces a condition known as surface decarburizace skin must be removed, and steel producers uniar stock for tool-making purposes. The allowances given pared as cold-drawn bars for certain uses. In the coldthe preparation of drill rod, these bars are ground in to remove all decarburized surface and provide close
STEEL FORGINGS

Many ing the desired forging eration

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'the twhnical data furnished by

MACHINABtLITY

surface wrist ~s$&tiop.This t iron chips or pit&'coke, by , or by heating in a w u u m

Borne grades of steel wl undergo certain machining operations with il &eater ease than others. The machinability of steels may vary with the w a l i n g process. It is possible to anneal specially a piece of steel to give $$ better machinability for a given process. For obtaining the maximum m a u n t of machinability, steel stock from which mold plungers arc cut on &duplicatormay require a different annealing process than a block of steel ing to which the stock has been ar machinist's experience. (such as nickel and manAftel , ing froq stre& from stresses I( cess resu by a sea

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des&nated temperature ranghardness and to relieve the

,while relieving the major
sses inherent to the pro-

Annealin the meta ting it tn
HEAT TREATMENT

bartines of steel, is accomplished by heating just a b v e ule critical point and then permit-

k r 4 ' T & S RELIEVING a f E S

idud stresses. Steels that have been sub-

ons nlust,be relieved or distor-

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HARDNESS PENETRATION
STRENGTH OF STEEL

MACH1"IYG STRESSES

wnching solution, cools very quickly. The inner core cools relatively y. Steels that must be quenched rapidly t o give them proper hardwill have an outer shell that is hard and an inner core that is relatively owing to delayed action of the quenching. This outer shell may be to %-in. deep in a water-hardening tool steel. The use of certain al-

hing. The oil-hardening steels show greatsr hardwater-hardeping steels, while the air-hardening the greatest degree of hardness penetration. Molds subject ection should not have a high degree of penetration.

MOLD . . REQUIREMENTS STEEL
heating during heat treat-

ing rapid heating when the thin sections reach the critical temperature first and start contracting while the thick sections aR still expanding. Figure 4.4 illustrates the advantage of slow heating, During slow heating, the combined stresses aie below'the yield strength of the mold and no distortion occurs. During fast heating, the combined stresses are greater than the yield strength and the m@ldd l s t m , 'The mold cracks if corn-

A p o d mold steel must be clean; it should not contain clusions which will cause pitting during polishing. e and free from voids and porosity. ~#* n9. It must be uniform in structure and. relatively free

Steels which machine @ly y are needed for wonomical mold comtpction.

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hardness. They are easily machined and polished to a fine for most injection molding applicatiohs. It Is advisabt to nrqlds made from prehardened steel if the mold is comp1h"EedBt radii and corners.

and the low alloy steels are ired hardness in

and polishing.

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Stre~gthand Toughness. Molds require a hard surface and a very tough core-the larger the mold, the greater the core strength needed for resisting distortion or cracking. Heat-treatrirg SSqfety. An important characteristic of a good mold steel is its ability to be hardened satisfactorily in a wide range of sections by a variety of methods while producing uniform results. F M . All mold steels must be able to take a mirror-like finish easily, although a dull surface is often used as the desirable final finish. Wear Resistance. Wear resistance is a fundamental requirement of a p o d general-purpose mold steel. Some of the plastics cause little tool wmr, others, such as the glass and asbestos-filled compounds, require the maximum amount of wear resistance.
SELECTING THE STEEL*

~btainedby using the cheaper grades makes a negligible difotal mold cost, as it amounts to only a few cents on the pound. &e usually made from plate steel, while knockout bars and made from machinery steel bars or cold-rolled steel. It is pos,.to use cold-rolled steel, unless these ,machinery steel would be indicated. 1class as the SAE 1020 plate steel. hot-rolled into flat or square bars these bars can be used without any pt a surface grinding on both sides to produce flatness. which of these

As the plastics industry developed and presented new materials and molding methods, larger and larger moldings were developed and the steel makers cooperated by building the larger They also provided stronger and impurities available in all the demand for mold and abrasive plastics in

R Steel m
Rgte steel is a low carbon steel such as SAE 1020produced by the openhearth or &her inexpensive processes, wherein cjeanliness is a less important factor WRvolume. This material is used almost exclusively for the frames of molds. Plate steel can be carburized and hardened or casehardened. It k3 sometimes used to make cavities and plungers, but this application is not recommended because of the low core strength of triis stecl, and also becaub structural faults, such as pipe, seams, pits, and other defect&,are comrnoa @ it. Blate steel should not be used for cavities or plunger$ on any byt the &heapestof molds. There are several qualities of plate steel available and if any press&reis @ concentrated on the plate, the better grades should be w k t d . s o d mold builders use the cheaper grades.of boiler plate for ckmping plat& parallels, etc., and the better grades (something like SAE 4140) for the backly, plates, steam plates, or other members on which stresses may be c o p centrated. This practice requires that a large inventory of stock bre carried, thmfure it will be found wiser to use the better grades of plate ftii-~ugho*
*See a h ASM Met& Handbook, 8 E . Yd. 1 gage 768 for additional data. d, ,

it is not suitable for hobbing. of tool steel has nearly the same hardness , and may lack toughness. As a result, the mold may r than distort when excess pressure is applied. The initial ,high. It is frequently used for injection molds because ure as easily as other steels. rdened all the way through. when properly applied. tool steel may he used when maximum hardness is hen hardened, therefore ample allowance

distortion must be held to a minimum and are recom-

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the principal suppliers of standard mold parts assures the mold builder of economy and reliability he can not otherwise achieve, except in unusual circumstances. He can expect that the quality of the materials, and the heat treatment, if any, employed for these products are better controlled than it is possible to do in a shop with less demand and supervision. He must, however, be aware of the differences and intended use of the various grades of steel available in standard &kames and plates. Besides the SAE 1020plate steel mentioned above, generally supplied in an analysis up to SAE 1040, as' the lowest grade of steel, m m suppliers offer better choices for more severe service, of SAE 4130 to 4150, prehardened to 26 to 29 Rockwell C, and even P-20, prehardened to 28 to 32 Rockwell C. Besides mold bases, and individual plates ground and sized to close tolerances, there are !eader pins, bushings, ejector pins, sprue bushings, premachined cores and tool steel cavity blocks. Other items which have been added to the ever-growing list, as demand increases, are such more complicated, heat-treated and assembled devices as; early returns (for the.knockout system), latch-lock mechanisms to deter-

king the various types of alloy steels and gives the properties

STAINLESS STEEL

w
co: ab thc

many alloys classed as stainless steels, only a few nepd be

use in high-pressure molds. Because of the necessity for
the most commonly used. It contains 12 to 14%chromium

(s
ha

mechanisms themselves. As the result of previous wide application of these devices, he can-be assured that they are largely fcrolproof when installed by experienced personnel.
ALLOY STEELS

n iqieetion molds for t m r o h ma-

Nickel Chromium Vanadium Molybdenum Tungsten

Toughness and strength. Hardness. Adds to abrasion resistance in high carbon compositions. Purifier-also adds fatigue resistance. Widens heat-treating range and adds heat resistance. Hardness and heat resistance.

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w, Nickel hfar~ging&el 18%
me,18% Nioeel Mirragbtg Steel

0.03 0.03

18.25 18.25

7.75 7.50

4.80

&%

4.25

finished mold is then reheated to about 900°F,held for about 5hr, and cooled in air. This treatment, called aging,results in an average hardness of 50 Rc, depending on the type of maraging steel (Table 4.6) which has been used. These steels shrink during aging and allowance must be made for this by the mold maker. For 1 depth c of the n Rc. The binatio and transfer molds, the P20 mold is carburized to a

STEEL FOR. MACHINED MOLDS

P6) type must be carburiwl, resulting in a good comhardness and core toughness.
HOBS AND HOBBING

rcial low carbon machinerysteels are nearlyideal when machinability ne important consideration. These steels are usually high in phos-1

Re 30-35, where it is readily machinable. No hwt

. It can be chrome-plated .when corrosion mdd'lrt:

r fmhg the mold frame. Selection as t b t experienced with SMC. If a higher hardness is req&ed., b deep hardened to RC 45-50. and some -sf their prope&ies is shown

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A IS[

Machinability Raring

Wear Resistance

Compressive Strength

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or

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Toarghness

Checking

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HOB DESIGN
While the actual design of hobs is usually left to the indiddual hobber, the

to sink the hob to the full depth. Generally the hob is pushed % to 5/2 in., after which it is removed and the hobbing is furnace-annealed. This is followed ! by another push of % to $4 in, and subsequent annealing, the process being repeated as many times as necessary to complete the job. Where a particular dimension on a hob is very important, it is the usulll practice to make one push on all blanks and then to check the hob and make the necessary adjustments in size before completing the hobbing. Them adjustments usually consist of correcting dimensions which have been enlarged by the "upsetting" force on the hob.

finish-machine the hobbings.

d mn the hobs so that they may be removed from the hob-

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be much better. It is easier to hob cavities when adequate

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it difficult to select the proper steel. It is e s t w that about plastics molds are made from only six types of 1 if the industry could standardize c fewer steels. m more economically in larger qua&@ inventories ed because of fewer catem*, inereaskg maker. T e heat treater's task wuld also be h treatment and loner m l life. od for compressian and transfer m0Ms are

predominant lenable steels, I molds. n p &g get larger, and lower prduction, in most cases, k fs #&R18rger moldings, alloys other than steel can often &. : rtous castable alloys used in molds, including protombIds are: alloys of copper and beryllium, alloys alloys.

cX,bper alloys, with a basic composition of 2.5% mdoer, has been used for aver 40.vears for infor shape and ting was consp~ifled for &,kith F e early machines from Europe (see & 8lld &terials for blow molds.) the "pressure ct the molten to a hob for to push out ing. ~dred pounds, he process in
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ceramic pattern is used in place of the heat treated steel hob; ise. c Casting." I .later, improved by the application of a vacuum during the castiq I 8, because the ceramic is unable to withstand the compactine i used in the earlier technique, very reliable castings, virtuah ,. .. I fw, and with excellent reproductisn of the surfaces cast against, 1 0 , ~ ~ available for much larger molds. When the conversion of furniture , w h h the late 1960s occurred, beryllium casters were able to mold up , , 1, %a - p o u n d castings. W , . ., , , Waay alloys of copper with beryllium are available. Table 4.10 lists the ' ,&we alloys most commonly used for molds. &%kction depends on the desired degree of fluidity and the mold-makina ' to be used. Certain alloys are for making cores and mandrels rathe1
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pressure while the metal is molten. The metal flows to conform to the shape and surface finish of the hob very precisely. When making a hob, the mold maker must include fillets wherever of BeCu from pouring temperature to room temperature. Shrinkage is predictable and consistent. hardness and strength. Besides machining a hob, the mold maker can sometimes cast one via a ceramic casting process.

sting of the BeCu around the ceramic, resulting in a sound, dense

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gaming the ceramic slurry into the rubber mold, the mold maker I solidify and then fues it in an oven. He then lutes gates and risers b c . Melting and pouring of the beryllium copper around the aern follows the steps covered under hot hobbing. blidifiition of the metal, the caster breaks away the ceramic. xefully controls the cooling of the metal to achieve good dimen*ces in the casting. See Fig. 4.14.

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)&%#oys. Where the cavity or core shape is not complex and a cast-

When heated, lower the chase or mold casing and aove the two onto a hydraulic press.

the hob assembly

g-$adicated, high strength wrought alloys of beryllium copper are p ' , tube, bar and plate 'form. These may be ordered from stock &&ledor precipitation hardened state. Brush AIloy #25 is one of P and most available wrought alloys. -2 ' h a t . The mold maker can heat treat a beryllium copper mold b s that the user desires. The hardenabilitv of bervllium CODD-

A deflector will insure this pattern o flow. When the beryllium copper hm f

very important. Move a& quickly as safety allows.

the hob from the mold before too much cooling occurs. If cooling prow too far, it will be necessary to heat the hob and mold to about 1000°F facilitate separating them. Ceramic Casting. Ceramic casting follows any one of a number of paten

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designed part. The special ceramics u d preserve the A proper ceramic mixture will combine g o d surfam rn relatively high permeabilgy. This bst property allows %flag

a befyllEitw wpper (or aluminum) mold by the ceramic castine ative (righi which is then used as a -. cavitv (lefi IS cast from the ceramic en^ Corp., Pleasantville, NY)
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dependent upon the shape of the master. For simple regular shapes, such as pen barrels, the plating can go very fast, and a wall thickness of 3/32 in. and over can be built up in a day or so. On plating masters that have a number of recesses, such as those for gears, the plating rate will generally be slower and sometimes as little as .010 in. is put on each day. There are two methods used in the making of electroformed cavities. In one method a relatively thin layer of hard nickel is put on, generally less than 11 16 in., and the balance of the build-up is a softer nickel. The hard nickel runs around 500 Brinell and the softer nickel about 150 Brinell. Another method of electroforming, developed in England, builds UD approximately 3/s in. of nickel having a hardness of 450 Brinell. To buili up the main mass of the cavity, copper of 220 Brinell is plated over the nickel. The copper is used because it is somewhat haFer than the soft nickel generallv used. it builds at a much faster rate. and Gt builds much more -----evenly so that the many machining~during the build-up which are usually necessary t o remove the "trees" and ~ o i n t s not reauired. are At some point during the electroforming process the master is pulled from the cavity which has been formed. In some instances, such as formation of cavities for pen barrels, the masters are pulled when the electroformed shells are about 1/16 in. thick. These masters are invariably of metal and they are started over in the cycle while the first shells formed are returned to the plating baths for continuation of the build-up. In this way a number of cavities can be made from one master in a reasonable time. On such things as gears with relatively delicate teeth, it is seldom practical to reuse the master, so the master is left in until the cavities are ready for machining. In such instances a master is required for every cavity desired. The plating masters are made in numerous ways. A very common method is to machine them of metal. In the case of pen barrels, heat-treated stainless steel is the most commonly used material at this writing. For gears, probably the most common material is brass. Many masters are made of plastic materials. A common method of making multiple masters is to machine them first, and from this make a cavity into which can be cast or molded various plastic materials. Many shapes can be molded with almost no loss of dimension. Epoxy resins can also be used to cast into such a cavity, reproducing the original master with considerable accuracY. When oriknal masters are made out of wood. leather, or other substances which cannot be put into the plating bath, they can be reproduced by making a cast over the original master and casting back to reproduce the original master in the desired plastic material. If the proper materials and techniques are used, no discernible loss of detail will result.
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Electr~forming an economical way to make cavities with raised details, is R .4.15, For example, in the making of molds for speedometer or clock g dbb, a piece af bram can be polished and then engraved with the numbrs, ead the eleetroforming performed over this. The result is eledroformed avities which have the numbers raised from a highly polished surface, and no further work is necessary. Cavities with delicate and undercut detail e side walls can be made. m 0 t h methods and materials are available, usually with the result of b s iwnimq, to make spur gear cavities, and even helical gars, but when

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cate makd components in multiples are economically 1 steels on a custom cast basis, and are therefore and thermoplastic materials. The suppliers use pmess to reproduce the original master patterns, similar & Wt used for the production of beryllium copper casts, 142. In preparing the master, the mold marker must of a e ceramic cast, the tool steel, which has a difat gf beryllium copper, and of course the molding c material to be used.

vailable, which are so far only suitable for ther"molded" using powdered metal technology. y the 3M Company, and while some details of the

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of c-tiags i&Otellitea, which is incsrpomd in a matrix of a copper alloy, persion of carbides. The wW% combbation, in the form of very fm pow er is compacted around or in the "replication" of a master, a which the m l maker prepares and f u r n h w , Only one master is necessary, od regardless of the number of cavities needed. The limitations are: (1) size-generally not m r e than 9 square inches at the parting line of the cavity itself; (2) proportions-not more than a 4: 1 ratio of depth to minimum cross-section dimension; (3) surface f ~ s h - 2 0 to 25 microw as furnished, with the possibility of improving this to 4 mim n s by polishing; (4) apparent hardness-Rockwell C-41, which is act u d y deceptive on the conservative side, since the composite includes Stellit# d carbide particles, both of which by themselves have a hardness of Rockwell C-58 or m idweat in t b test mvhy is @@&I &&ar ~ e e d allowed for. be aiMyds of the &mposite: 'I CaWt 35%

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every instance, a procedure lower in the table can be followed by one pre ously mentioned, if applicable to the same metal.
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permanent, as for the graphite process described below. bricative mating*developed for metal P r d d ~ t itlcmses of 10 to y
*Diversified Drilube, Inc., ~ r h s a , OK.
Co., Mauntain View, CA.

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are reported from thermoplastic molds treated by this process. Mold surfaces to be treated by this process are treated with a binder and then exposed to a high pressure (120-130 psi) spray of ultrafine graphite particles. This pressure spray impinges the graphite onto the tool surface to a depth of 0.0002 to 0.0004 in. A surface coat of .00008 in. builds up on the surface of the mold component. Lubricative plating may beapplied tochrome-plated surfaces. However, to restore size and polish, surfaces must be buffed.
Chrome Plating Many molders have found that chromium plated molds are a great asset and specify chrome plating on all mold cavities and plungers. Chrome plating is also used in mold repair work for building up worn sections. This requires a cleaning tank, an etching tank, a plating tank and a final cleaning tank. An electroplating generator and facilitiesfor building up the anodes, as shown in Fig. 4.18, are also needed. Chrome plating equipment is very useful in the hands of an experienced workman. Plating specialists do this work for the small tool shops. See also Chapter 3. Only a few platers* are equipped to chrome plate nitrided surfaces. ** Electroless Plating

\

As used on plastics mold components, electroless plating is nickel plating. Electroless simply means that no electric potential is applied to the bath. The result is a much more even deposit-no undesirable extra build-up on sharp corners, and nearly perfect penetration into recesses. Furthermore, if one of several patented baths is used, the deposit may be hardened after plating by baking at 750° F. The softer nickel deposits and even electroforms which average Rockwell C-50 can be protected against scratching and wear by hard chrome plating, if desired. Chrome plating bonds better to nickel thandirectly to steel. (Nickel bonds better to steel than chrome does.) Besides the obvious situation where electroless nickel is used for molding surface protection, it is extremely valuable and unique in use for protecting the surfaces of the mold frame itself, including the drilled water lines, from corrosion resulting from acid conditions in the water and condensation on other surfaces from humid atmospheres combined with refrigerated water. Accordingly, the rear surfaces of cavities and cores, including "0" Ring grooves and cooling holes, are improved by electroless nickel plating.
*Nutmeg Chrome C o p . , W. Hartford, CT. **Armoloy Cop.--Various Locations.

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of the steel, and if suitable elements are present, combines with them to form the very hard nitrides. Steel containing aluminum in small percentages, such as 3% is particularly suitable. Otherwise, steel containing carbon of at least .4%, together with chromium, vanadium or molybdenum will respond to the treatment. Molybdenum is especially beneficial in the alloy since it reduces the characteristic brittleness of nitriding. The normal depth of penetration of .003 to .005 in. is obtained in 12 hours, but it takes 72 hours to get penetration of .015 in. Of the steels listed in Table 4.8 (for injection molds) the following can be nitrided: P-20, H-13, and 420 stainless; of the steels listed in Table 4.9 (for compression molds) H-13 and S-7 are nitridable. An excellent steel, besides the through hardening Nitralloy Series, which yields optimum nitriding, is P-21. It contains aluminum and if it has been solution heat-treated as is normally done for use for molds it will age harden as it is being nitrided, to a core hardness of 38 while the surface is 70 Rockwell C.
THERMAL BARRIERS FOR MOLDS

As molds go up in temperature, a point is reached where the loss of heat going from the mold to the pre&''platen cannot be tolerated. At ordinary mold temperatures, this problem is often minimized by multiple channels in the clamping plates, giving the effect of minimum heat transfer areas. Transite* asbestos sheet is commonly used in the intermediate temperature zones where dimensional control across the parting line is not critical. For highly accurate molding with absolutely flat and parallel press platens, glassbonded mica,** a machinable ceramic is used because of its low thermal conductivity and its absolute dimensional stability. Glass-bonded mica can be lapped to an optical flat and will hold it indefinitely. For Situations where thermal barriers must be of minimal thickness, Nomex*** sheeting is proportionally effective. For localized areas where high physical properties are needed, alloys of titanium may give some relief.
POINTERS

In case of doubt, use a type of steel which is better than the one You might select but are not sure it will be satisfactory.
*Transite, Johns Manville, Greenwood Plaza, Denver, CO. **Mykroy, Mykroy Ceramics Company, Ledgewood, NJ. ***Nomex-E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. Inc., Wilmington, DE.

Don't specify a hardness in excess of that recommended for the steel used for the particular application. In general, more molds are lost by :racking than are worn out by use. Always double temper after hardening any steel, and if the hardness is too high after the first tempering, double temper at a lower temperature. Don't expect plating to cover surface defects or to improve polish; plating exaggerates pits, scratches and blemishes. Don't,try to cover up cracks by welding. If the crack is not too extensive, cut it all away, and build up the weld from sound structure. Do not use nickel plating in contact with rubbers containing sulfur, nor chrome plating in contact kith chloride or fluoride plastics. Go over the sharp corners of cores and cavities after chrome plating and check for excessive build-up which may interfere on fitting and on sliding surfaces. Excessive compressive loads can result at the parting b e s when clamped. Failure to do this may result in chipping of the chrome. Watch for,''white layer" embrittlement from EDM operations on molds. There are ways to avoid this problem: (1) Slow down final EDM operation at the end, using low amperage. (2) Inspect for "white layer" and polish away. (It is seldom over .0001 or .0002 in. thick.) Check with your chrome plater to be sure he takes precautions against hydrogen embrittlement. Bake chrome plated parts 375O F for an hour, before putting in service or applying stress. Take advantage of the maraging and precipitation hardening steels; while being nitrided, these age harden to improve interior structure and hardness. Remember that nitriding is theoretically an irreversible process while through-hardened and pack-hardened steels can be annealed; chrome and nickel plating can' be stripped. DOnot subject a steel to a surface treatment that involves a temperature higher than that at which it has been tempered. Often, molds are "tried-out" before they are plated. Do not try out molds for corrosive or highly abrasive materials, unless they have been plated. It is better to repolish lightly a mold that has had to be stripped of its plating in order to make corrections, than to have to remove a substantial amount of metal because of corrosion. Where metal slides on metal, select materials and heat treatments for the two components so as to obtain surfaces having hardnesses separated at least six or eight points on the Rockwell C scale.

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REFERENCES
Alcoa Aluminium Handbook, Pittsburgh, PA: Aluminium Co. of America. Bengtsson, Kjell and Worbye, John, Choosing mold steel for efficient heat transfer, Plastics Machinery & Equipment, Aug. 1984. Hoffman, M., What you should know about mold steels, Plastics Tech., p. 67, Apr. 1982. Properties and selection of metals, in The Metals Handbook, Vol. 1, Metals Park, Cleveland, OH: American Society for Metals. Heat treating, cleaning and finishing, The Metals Handbook. Vol. 2 , Metals Park, Cleveland, OH: American Society for Metals, Cleveland OH. Revere Copper & Brass Publication, New York: Revere Copper and Brass. Shimel, John F., Prototyping: How and why, Plastics Design Forum, p. 7 5 , Jan./Feb. 1984. Stahlschlussel (The Key to Steel), Metals Park, Cleveland, OH: American Society for Metals. Stainless Tool Steels for Molds, Uddeholm Steel Corp., 1984. Tool Steel, Simplified, Philadelphia, PA: Chilton Publishing. Worbye, John, Polishing Mold Steel, Plastics Machinery & Equipment, Feb. 1984.

Design Drafting Enginee Practice
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Revised by Wayne I. Pribble

designers and tool draftsmen follow many general rules which exhas shown are both practical and desirable. Some of these rules n established as standards for the preparation of mold drawings; who follow these rules avoid many of the troublesome and unry mold designs which result from neglect of fundamentals. This was prepared to detail the principles and rules of design which, ny years, have been found to give the best results. Understanding rules and intelligent application of them will help the draftsman uce drawings that will convey his design to the toolmaker in such that he may interpret it readily with no possibility of misunder. It must be understood that the rules given here are general in ation and are to be interpreted with regard for the special conexisting practices of the shop where the tools will be designed, usfd. The mold designer must familiarize himself with his own ice and learn what limitations will modify the application of

are the permanent record of a design from which many copies mdamental requirement of a drawing is that it shall give the necesbiafomation accurately, legibly and neatly. The tool-maker's first

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measure of a draftsman's ability is based on the neatness and legibility of the print which is furnished him. His final evaluation is made on the basis of the accuracy of the drawing. A drawing may carry as many as 500 dimensions and, of this number, only one may be inaccurate, but the damage done by that one wrong dimension can far outweigh the good of 499 that are correct. It is impossible to emphasize too strongly the necessity for accuracy in all dimensions and for clear presentation as well. There is a common and very correct tendency among draftsmen who have worked for a period of time in one place to leave some items to "shop practice." This may include such things as clearances, tap drill sizes, tapped holes, etc. The consulting designer and the designer of molds which may be built in any one of several tool shops cannot do this to any large extent because plastics practice is not standardized. "Shop practice" varies widely among molders, and the molding shops where the molds are designed and the men who build the molds may be several hundred miles apart. At several points in this text, the use of standard mold bases is detailed. Wherever possible, we recommend the use of these highly specialized components, and once again, we recommend that the designer keep a complete file of'catalogs for these standard mold bases and standard mold components. (See Chapters 3 and 8.) Duplication of these catalogs in this text would serve no useful purpose. However, we do show designs based upon standard mold bases. Bear in mind that cost is an important factor in today's economy where the wages of the mold-maker represent a significant part of the overall cost of a mold. The mold bases are built as complete units by tool shops that have the varied equipment needed to fabricate these units. This equipment includes large grinders, tape controlled mills, jig borers, and similar equipment, all of which is referenced in Chapter 3. Figures 8.92, 8.93A, 8.93B and 8.94 cover the utilization of standard mold drawings to simplify and shorten mold designing time, as applied to injection mold design. Tracings

instead, have a print

output of a computer program. The size and type plotter used

available for drawselected by the dein advance, to oplar plotter. The usual choices available are: 1) plot what nitor screen; 2) plot to size; or 3) plot to scale. Item 1) is used in a reference ws for each screen

ause of variations se here is to alert

A tracing is a form of drawing used for making prints. Prints are the copies of the drawings (or tracings) used in the shop as a guide in the construction of the mold or product. Most draftsmen make the drawing directly on tracing paper or tracing cloth. Others make the drawing complete and then prepare a tracing from the original. A tracing is never used for manufacturing and should not be used for reference purposes. The cost of retracing is high and the draftsman must see that the tracings receive proper care and treatment. Tracings are easily damaged by careless handling, therefore the following rules should be observed:

of their software package. A manual will (or n on plotter configurations and operation. Of at you dould also ask, "Who else is using this sys-

i& on a screen made up of rectangular pixel

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shapes. However, a plotter is designed to plot a straight line from A to B, or to plot a circle in very small increments so a true circle results. In any case, we recommend the selection of a plotter based on the usual size of your output drawings. Plotting is the final step for which a design is created. Thuspaper, vellum or transparent f l are choices for the final plot. The choice of plotting im medium will also determine the type of pen needed for the plotting. If a onetime use in the tool shop is all that is required, paper will be satisfactory. Plots to vellum are usually used when it is desired to have a permanent plot from which prints can be made as needed. A plot to a transparent vellum or film should be made because the cost of making a print from a transparency is low compared to the time and cost required to make multiple copies of an individual plot. The choice of transparent film is dictated when accuracy of the plot is essential, such as in automotive panels, where scale measurements are taken directly from a plot or drawing. This scaling practice, while common in automotive applications, should only be done when it is clear that the designer intended for the final plot to be used in that manner. In other words, a print should never-repeat-never be scaled because handling and humidity conditions can distort paper images.

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tions or to ask questions. Tabulation of dimensions in the actual preparation of drawings, as the possibility reading is greatly increased thereby. The complete part and uld be drawn before starting to dimension. This practice erasing and give cleaner and neater prints. Size of mold (number of cavities). Type of mold. What the mold will produce. A serial drawing number. The names of people who worked on the drawings a ~ the dates on d which the work was done. Names must be written as signatures. Standard abbreviations may be used for the months, but the months should not be designated by number.

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General Rules of Drafting Practice
The following suggestions are given for the purpose of presenting those fundamentals considered essential to good practice. Observance of these rules will serve to avoid errors commonly made in the design of molds. 1. Do not try to second guess the product designer concerning his actual needs in the final molded part. Refer all questions concerning insufficient detail or information on the product drawing to the responsible design engineer. Always secure authorization in writing for any changes that you believe will improve the product, reduce the cost of tooling, reduce manufacturing cost, or prevent an actual error. The best procedure is: to mark up three identical drawings showing everything that you have used or assumed in designing the mold-this includes suspected errors, unclear information, ejector pin locations, gate locations, drafts, tolerances and requested or suggested changes, then send two marked copies to the purchasing agent who handled the buying of the mold, and ask him to return one marked print with the design engineer's approval or comments. Always retain file copies of these negotiations, including the final approved print to which the mold is designed. Correcting or rebuilding a mold built to unauthorized deviations can be very expensive, time consuming, and frustrating to the customer. 2. Check the product drawing very carefully before mold design is begun. Redesign the product completely when necessary to make sure that the piece can be molded consetently and satisfactorily with the production methods and materials ava~lable. 3. In cases where the estimator specifies the mold design that was used as the basis for his quotation, make sure that this design is followed unless approval is given for deviation. 4. Long slender cores and mold sections should be designed as mold inserts when they cannot be eliminated by a change in the product design. 5. While positive draft is the usual practice, do not overlook the use of zero draft or negative draft when their employment may be helpful. 6. Be sure that connections for temperature control media, and the thermostat locations do not interfere with clamps, clamp bo:ts, strain rods, ejector rods, or other parts of the machine or press for which the mold is being designed. Make a note on your assembly drawing specifying the machine or machines for which the mold is designed. 7. Be sure to allow ample clearance between drilled holes for the ternperature control media and the adjacent holes for ejector pins, screws, guide pins, bushings, etc. One-fourth inch is the minimum with which moldmakers like to work (carry a special note if it has to be less than % in.). For holes in the 12- to 20-in. range, use % in. clearance. Use proportion all^ greater clearance for longer or deeper holes where steam, oil, or water is

(electric heaters can be close to adjacent holes with no probkage of media). Look up other references in this text for inforheating and cooling channels. 8. Rbmember that most thermoplastic materials require large degrees of b l i n g . However, many of the engineering thermoplastics require heating the mold. All the thermosets require heating the mold. ~hermosetting materials are not quite so critical in relation to tempera1 of the mold. However, urea and melamine materials require for best results in molding. Give special nneling in all molds where maximum production is renot difficult to calculate temperature needs and the heat transneeded in a mold. Time spent in a calculation will pay dividends. As a empirically state. that it is almost impossible to over a mold. In any case, over channel is to be preferred to under of rapid conductive metals, such as beryllium copper, hodd also be considered. Channels in long slender core pins, is called Considsf also the use of heat pipes* which will either heat or cool urce. Air jet cooling is also frequently used, where other cult or impossible to use. se of standard lengths of screws, dowel pins, and guide pins ible. Small deviations from these standards cost money. 10. Specify the type or kind of steel for all hardened mold parts. Call ame or type of steel t o be stamped on the back of the mold tice will give the heat treater essential information if it to anneal or rework the piece. ntion to any unusual features or important dimensions meam of notes, so that the tool-maker's attention will be focused on nts. Tangent radii, negative draft, or special, sharp corardeniqg or tempering to be done, must be plainly indi-

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ation @f the mold. methods used in the tool shop where the mold is to be buil t SQ lhat the mold can be dimensioned in the manner best suited to the equ@ment available. I(1 : designer should, when possible, indicate the method of setup for ma&hing by the manner in which dimensions are placed on the drab @ the important dimensions in three-place decimals. Show the W nces snly where required by close tolerances on the product draw-

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ing. Be sure all close tolerances are actually needed, and that those spwified can be met. Give the tool-maker no more than 50% of the tolerance allowed by the product drawing. 16. Where involved calculations are required to determine the centers of radii, hole location, contours, etc., preserve your figures and record them in such a manner that you can recalculate the dimensions easily a I few weeks later when changes or checking may be required. 17. When checking dimensions, do a thorough job; assume that all dimensions are wrong until you personally prove that the calculations arc correct. 18. If an error is discovered in a dimension, fmd out, if possible, wha faulty reasoning produced the error. 19. Expect to make mistakes, and check every detail to find them; avoid 1 making the same mistake twice. A mistake on a drawing is only a potential loss, but it becomes a real loss if it goes into the toolroom undiscovered, thus causing faulty construction. 20. Check the daylight opening in the press to be sure the molded part ' can be removed from the mold. Warning: some daylight figures given by press manufacturers include maximum stroke. Others use maximum daylight plus stroke. Be sure you known which is meant.

ter Aided Design (CAD)
osen should use a minimum number of operating comich can be used from on-screen prompting as opposed to constant to a manual. For the experienced mold designer, a CAD program e same general technique of drafting as is followed using pencil, Tand triangle will be most quickly learned. Look for and select a which is also compatible with a digitizer tablet and hich allows maximum speed of selection and operation. should be restricted to specific dimensions or specific text. ljrograms in current use allow for automatic dimensioning, thus ntry of dimensions should be rarely needed. Every keyboard ial for error, as is proven by the number of retypings needed ct copy for this book text. cases where the designer is fortunate enough to have a CAD ay become fiart of his duties to predraw many of the hop standards (above). We have also encouraged the ulations, checking dimensions, developing standards, e following text are three check lists. We particularly direct your to the designer check list covering moment-by-moment decisions of the designer. As you become familiar with CAD systems, it will ecorhe evident that many of the cautions and choices will actually me selections from a data base which is part of developing your own system. The CAD system allows drawing once, checking once, then over and over as component parts of a total design using a copy or ge command. Currently, much of the data for mold bases and compads, such as plates, guide pins, bushings, hot nozzles, etc., are part le from the vendors of these items. t item 4, of the designer check list, arid you are perith a CAD system, you will note that with a CAD paper size is made at plot time. (Refer to plots earlier D system, page size (do not confuse with paper me. A rule of thumb is to use the smallest page show the overall of the design to be drawn. It is er he shows all necessary views on one page, or arate page for each view. In the latter case, the pages d to one page, then plotted on the desired paper size, be plotted on the same paper by specifying size and hat a 12 to 19 in. monitor screen allows only a certain nt of observation at any one time. Using the zoom feature found in all detail can be enlarged for easy drawing or viewmonitor will be available, otherwise the 200 to 2000

Shop Standards
Each design section should compile all of the data which define its shop practice and any other standards that are followed consistently. These standards will include such items as: 1. Molding press data showing capacity, mold-size limitations, d a y light opening, auxiliary rams, ejector operating mechanism, clamp ing bolts, pressures available, and the location of holes in platens. 2. Material stock lists showing steel sizes in stock or readily available. 3. Drill sizes and tapped hole specifications. 4. Standard insert design and sizes. 5. Technical data on plastic materials showing shrinkage, bulk factaf3 density, draft angles, etc. 6. Spring charts showing sizes and capacities of springs commonl~ used in mold construction. 7. Mathematical tables and formulas. 8. Factual data on shrinkage (transverse, longitudinally, dkmet*
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layer capability of the CAD program will be almost useless. Color monitors also assist in visualizing depth and shape just as colored pencils were fiequently used to color-code a complicated part drawing to effect a 3-D image for the mind. Well designed and documented CAD software will follow the sequence of items as called out in the designer check list. However, many of the required items will have been predrawn, either for the current design or available for copying from the source disk (remember-draw once and use it over and over?) For example, assume a 64 cavity mold design for a Tshaped part. Orientation for gating is four groups of 16 cavities each with the gate at the bottom of the T. By predrawing the T-shape and filing or saving it as a pictorial item, the CAD system allows copying the predrawn item, orienting in any direction, mirror imaging, scaling to any size, and placing the image in an exact position on the page as many times as desired. compare the one at a time indicating one each of 4 different orientations-and that may be adequate. One tendency when using CAD is to overdraw by adding more detail than is necessary for any given item. For example, let us assume ten screw locations are shown in a plan vie Only one screw need be shown in a front or end elevation, but CAD plants a picture of a screw length. Thu the unwary dl suffice. Alwa Hopefully, made on the basis of ease of operation, simplicity of command structure and speed of execution. Some software uses 150 or more commands, whereas other software may use only 25 or 30 commands as on-screen selectable , choices. Most of those CAD programs using a large number of command8 will be run with a digitizer tablet with cursor control. Regeneration to the monitor screen is a function of hardware, but it should be quite rapid m ' avoid operator waiting time. Finally, we recommend a CAD program whid uses precision to 6 decimal places. Most NC (Numerical Control) equipment requires accuracy to four decimal places, or else it will reject the wmPUb tation or entry. The use of CAD is ~roiected grow at an ever-increasing rate. currently! , to any particular useable much cence of the old technology. Thus, we encourage selection of a CAD gram which will be periodically upgraded by the supplier at iittle orno to the user. We forsee greater use of microcomputers replacing the drafting boa&.'' the 1980s. Several compaoid now offer the detailed analysis of any p 8 d ular part as a service to end umF,'lllbl(l designer, mold maker or ~ 1 d

ral colleges and universities have already installed quite sophisticated ,systems (the million dollar type) and offer courses of instruction. They ~ f f e connect-time to local users who only occasionally need such serr 8s finite element analysis to determine the adequacy of such items as ~th, impact resistance, and flexibility. Material flow analysis, thermamics (heat exchange) in the mold, or 3-D modeling for aesthetic f,l other services available through these on-line or walk-in services. are p n t the desirability of having all these "goodies" at your fingertips, & cost of an infrequently used feature is seldom justifiable to manage-

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'neers and designers follow some kind of orderly routine in the of a mold. We recommend this practice and offer the followists to assist you in theprocedure. Obviously, there must be a ween the eng eer designer vho design. The l i gl :sponsibl~ for ~ld and the n rted For this :eae check lists are supplied. The first list covers the preliminary usually made by the responsible engineer. The second list covoment-to-moment decisions to be made by the mold designer, third list covers the final answers and follow-up usually performed that the mo lgner ,ho aspirc ze himself w reasc ling that of these decisions.

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ENGINEERING CHECK LIST (Continued) 12. If transfer or injection, establish gating areas and specify type of gate. 13. Establish mold venting points. 14. Establish mold finish required by customer, by material chosen, or by method of molding. 15. Establish draft angles to be applied. How much and where? (don't forget negative draft is useful). -6. Engineer review items 1 through 15. Secure customer's approval where needed. 7. Engineer discuss with designer. 18. Establish shrinkage factor (transverse-parallel). If, thermoset, is post-baking a requirement? Have you allowed extra shrinkage? DDIGNER CHECK LIST
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1. Review the preliminary engineering check list (with the engineer, if possible). Do you understand everything? If not-ASK. 2. Review the catalog data on Standard Mold Bases and Components to select the most economical group of components for the proposed mold design. Can you use a complete mold base? Will you have to build up from standard plates? Can yo\] use , standard components? Will your supplier 'start from scratch" with raw steer! (See also Chapter 8.) 3. Answer the following questions: A. Where can "pickups" be placed if ,' is a deliberate undercut.) B. Are inserts to be molded-in or assembled after molding? In any case, get a copy of the insert drawing. lns~st inserts not that t. be made until after the mold is deslgned (when the inserts are to be molded in.) C. Are side inserts necessary and, if so, how are they to be , J' supported? D. Are wedges or side cores required? removable or captive? ' E. Where will wedge split line (parting line) be located? How operate wedge or side cores? F. What type of insert pins are to be used and how will inserts be held on the pins? G . Do mold pins spot holes? Do they butt in center? Do they enter the matching section of the mold? Where will mold-maker want radil for ease of machining? Will customer permit it? Where will mold-maker want sharp corners for ease of machining or reducing cost? Will customer permit it? Will the cavity be hobbed, machined, cast or electroplated? *'&. Can or should the cavity (or core) be made in one piece? Where are inserted sections needed? ]t. Where are the high wear areas in the mold? Should they be inserted or backed up with hard plate cation needed or provid

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using a standard mold base (or plates) draw in the complete )Id base outline including location of guide pins, screws, return IS, etc. not done in Item 5, do so now-layout horizontal and vertical iter lines. Be sure to allow ample space for all views and details. yout cavity arrangement prescribed (circles-square-rectanlar). Will spacin allow temperature control media channels? tablish ejector s stem to be ready for item 10. yout one molded part of each configuration in plan view and in force and cavity outlines. M ejector pins (or system established in item 8). injection or transfer mold, establish sprue; runner and gate es and the material route from nozzle or pot to cavity (do not k runner, runnerless, hot manifold, hot tip, etc.). t ,,o .i n mold, establish land a r e a , loading well depth and wall thickness. - . $ty ;fer mold, establish pot and plunger size (transfer chamber) e (if needed), runner size and path, and gate size. matic compression mold, establish land areas, loading ipecifications and part removal board specifications. the center line and size of the temperature control media

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n guide pins, return pins, screws, and stop pins. Use ample r of screws with calculated holding power to resist stresses. :miner plates, clamp plates, width and length of ejector rallels and stop pins. the top layout (plan view) to front and side views to de~tainer plate thickness, length of screws, etc. NOTE: One late i i better than two thin ones. If a long running mold, d or prehardened plates to back-up core pins, forces, cavil slides (see 3(L)). ~pportpillars or parallels. U& adequate support to prevent rgging under pressure. n sprues, runners, gates and ejector pins. lion all views and parts as required. trt numabrs, material list and general assembly notes in, mold number, part number, operating press data, etc. cavities, forces, core pins, wedges, slides, side cores and :r parts requiring detail drawings. (Shop practice will de: this.) a steel trade number or identification on a non-working of all hardened parts (in event of later modifications rehkat treating or annealing). tolerances'where needed to assure compliance with prod-

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DESIGNER CHECK LIST (Continued) 27. Review the engineering check list (preliminary). Have you done everything as specified? (Vents are most often overlooked.) 28. Be sure your supervisor, checker, or tool engineer knows all the httle assumptions, changes, additions or.deletions you have made. If necessary, mark another product drawing to show all these things and dellver to cognizant engineer. 29. Check all drawings just once more to be sure: (a) that mold can be assembled. (b) That, when assembled, all parts are in proper orientation with each other-right hand to right hand and left hand to left hand-and (c) that mold willjir and operate in the equipment specified or ~ntended. 30. File your notes. File all information obtained from others. File all unusual calculations for future reference (or for checker). 31. Deliver final prints to mold-maker. ENGINEERING CHECK LIST (Jnal)
1. Review the preliminary check fist (engineers). 2. Review the designer's check list and the tool drawings. Has he done everything according to your instructions (or given good reason for not doing so)? Has he told you (and supplied mab ed product drawing) about dif~ons? his assumptions, changes, deletions 3. Get final approwl of customer on final co @ration. 5. Review projected areas or mold, material volume capacity of equipment and molding material limitations. 6. Issue special instructions for mold set-up and operation if design warrants. 7. Review entire project with production, tool department, quality control, set-up, and management personnel. 8. Plan for fixtures or special installation of mold well ahead of scheduled mold delivery. 9. Follow mold progress at regular intervals of mold construction. 10. When problem arises, take necessary action, and repeat as needed. I I . Open the mold and visually inspect same before mounting in press. 12. Use thin paper and ask for a paper impression of the mold under pressure, and before attempting sampling o r production. 13. Review upon completion of sampling and advise interested parties of adequacy or inadequacy of design and engineering. Note specifically any areas of trouble. 14. Finally, ask what can we learn from this project that will be useful for future mold designs?

DIMENSIONING MOLD DRAWINGS

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6. Enter all esiwntial dimensions on every drawing. It is bad practice to permit scaling of prints, since the printing and drying process may introduce considpble distortion. 7. Keep all related dimensions together so the tool-maker will not need to "hunt" for the dimensions he needs. 8. T y to keep the dimensions between the views as much as possible. r 9. Dimensions given for length of thread, depth of tapped hole, etc., are generally understood to indicate the minimum length of the full thread, Tool-makers will make the required allowance for the thread ending. 10, Use three-place decimals for all ordinary cavity and plunger dimensions, four-place decimals are used only where the extra accuracy is essential, or where it is necessary to make the component dimensions "add up." Use fractions or two-place decimals wherever ordinary scale dimensions will suffice. I I. Numerals and figures on tracings must be heavy enough to print well. Most designers use 3H pencils for layout work and 2H pencils for dimensioning. Allow space so that it will not be necessary to crowd dimensions. Decimal points must be distinct so they will print well. 12. Dimensions should be given at points from which it will be easiest

ts. Tolerances on mold dimensions are required because of the nal variations that occur in machining, hardening, polishing,

Allocation. There ale two systems of showing permissible from a b@ic gauge dimension. One is the bilateral system, and is the ungateral system. r to understand the unilateral and bilateral systems of tolerance lerance is a measurable extent of magnitude, it, like any other

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n exact dimension. ne of these two systems of tolerance allocation may be used in tolerances for each of the four sets of gauges which may be

six, nine, and one often cause trouble when read upside down, therefore the last figure in a group co~tainingany of these numerals should be: changed. For example, .0bl may be read as .190 when inverted, wher .062 obviously would be upside down if the print were turned. 14. Where holes are designated for assembly purposes, as shown in 5.3, use a double letter such as aa, bb, cc etc.; this will avoid confusin designation with a letter drill size. 15. The plus tolerance is always placed above the minus tolerance w they are added to the drawing. For example: .125::g, .2124$%, .314

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Tolerances and Allowances

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gauges were made to the extremes. talerance z o m , and the tolerance for each gauge would be allocated as or minu! from its respective basic dimension, as shown in Fig. 5.4. In the unihteral system, the high and low limits would encompass all the gauge tolerances, so that the tolerance on the gauges would be alloas minus from the high limit and as plus from the low limit. bilateral system has been in use in this country for a long time and probably is adhered to at present for most general commercial work. Ordinance engineers contend that the unilateral system is more scientific than h e bilateral and more effective in precision work.
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imensions are compund from the following general rules, which sate for the variables. Nevertheless, remember that good judgement s better than following a rule. Shrinkage allowance is an "add-on" factor. Every molding material has a shrinkage factor specified by the manufacturer. ( Wamina-Some recentlv developed materials actually "grow" when taken from the mold, therefore shrinkage factor is a negative value.) The factors furnished by the manufacturer may be a narrow range such as .003 to .004 in./in. for mica-filled in./in. for phenolic. They may also be a wide range, such as .005 to .W Nylon. In any case, the designer always adds shrinkage (except in the aforementioned warning), Space does not permit disposal of the argument that shrinkage is added to some parts of the mold and subtracted from other Paas of the mold. Ifpa ~ d shrinkage to any part of the mold, add it to all d The designer should s&ze every opportunity to obtain and record specific lrinkage data from his own shop. This is done by checking molded parts and mold at room tgmperature. Subtract the smaller dimension from the lPrger dimension, then divide the result 93 the dimension of the molded Frt.The results of the division is the shlir&@~e allowance in inches per knch, and should compare with t h ~ , v g , l given by the manufacturer. Your g~ Own on specific materials &&@ixes used under your shop conditio9s will be far more reliable akd reproducible than the manufacturer's d a t 8 . 1 ~ tthis point. let us mention the phenomena of different rates of shrinkage in the same part. Shrinkage parallel to flow may differ from age transverse to flow. Shrinkage in thin sections may djffer from age in thick sections. "differ," we mean that the rate of shrinkage ent Or in thousands of inches per inch or v k t q v e r other method kage a t e specification is used is different. In thermosetting molding,

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shrinkage rate will be one value when compression molding and another value when transfer or injection molding an identical material. Thermo, plastic materials attain different rates of shrinkage depending upon (1) cylinder temperatures at time of injection, (2) nozzle temperatures, and (3) temperature of the mold. Some molders select an average shrink rate, apply this to the mold, then set up manufacturing conditions to obtain the allowed shrinkage rate. The dimensions which locate holes and bosses in the plan view of a mold should use the nominal dimension plus the shrinkage factor. For example, a dimension of 1.250 : for the location of a hole, and using a shrinkage g factor of .008 in. per in. would be specified as 1.265 [1.255 (nominal) times 1.008 equals 1.2651 or [1.255 (.008 X 1.255) = 1.2651 Projections, pins, or other male parts of the mold are calculated by subtracting 1//4 of the total allowable tolerance from the maximum dimension permissible. Then add material shrinkage. For example, ,500 f .010 would become .505 plus shrinkage. Tolerance on mold is given in minus direction. \ Cavities, depressionA grooves, and other female parts of the mold are calculated by adding IJ4 of the total allowable tolerance to the m dimension permissible. en add material shrinkage. For exa .500 .010 wide groove wohld become .495 in. plus shrinkage. Tolera on the mold is given in plus direction. Dimensional tolerances, as given on a tool drawing, should amount to no more than 1J2 the desired tolerance for the molded part because the mold variation is only one of the factors influencing the final dimension of the molded part. Other factors affecting the final part dimensions are:

MOLD STAMPING

letters and numerals when it is essential that proper depth be allowed for painting, good appearance, ,tc. Many times, the depth of such lettering is left to the mold designer and, in such case, he should submit his specifications and recommendations to the product designer for approval, thus making certain that the height of raised letters or lines will not complicate the assembly of the device. unpainted will be plainly aracters are large, however, Characters are often specified by reference to some standard type specimen book such as The Book of American Types, published by American Type Founders, of Elizabeth, New Jersey. The height of the letter and its weight and depth should be specified, as shown in Fig. 5.5. Lettering that isilo be painted will be raised in the mold. The elevation of such letters should be at least one half the weight of the line. All characters must be stamped in the m6ld left hand. A typical designation would read: "Stamp in %-in. L.H.chiracters .005-in. deep." Full information must be given for special characters.

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length = number of characters X height of characters + the height of one character n. letters would be caleight) 1/8 in. (height) =

1. variable material shrinkage from batch to batch 2. heat 3. pressure 4. cure or chill time
The previous rules are used because a hole maybe made la boss may be made smaller to achieve the desired results after t@ mold indicates the actual shrinkage and the accuracy of the tool W Drafls and Taper. Wherever possible, draft should be al~owed the tolerance given by the part drawing. However, this is not alwa sible. Then the designer must be very careful in using draft. The c should determine just where a dimension is to be taken and in which d tion draft should be allowed. In case of doubt, dimension the mold so metal can be removed to the correction at a later date. Don't forget, it is always cheaper to questions than it is to guess wrong.

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TOOL STRENGTH Molds are designed to give maximum life and low maintenance expense, Small, fragile seitions should be designed for easy removal and low-cost replacement. Designing for adequate tool strength is always a problem, and no definite formulas can be given. Several fundamental considerations will serve as a guide in the solution of many problems. The strength r e quired must be adequate to resist the compressive, bending, or shearing stresses set up by the highly compressed molding compound as it moves into position and hardens. Some of these stresses may be calculated when necessary, but the mechanical construction of the mold is such that most designers do not calculate the actual total stress loads on all mold-sections.

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mold sections must be adequate. 3. The wall section of mold cavities, loading pots or transfer chambers, must be sufficient to resist the spreading force resulting from the mold pressure. 4. The thickness of the bottom area of mold cavities must be sufficient to resist distortion and breakage. The strength of the ejector bar increases in direct proportion to t k width of the bar and as the square of the thickness. This means that the bar should be kept at the minimum width required for the ejector pins, since a small increase in thickness is much more effective than a considerable increase in width. A desirable average minimum width for the ejectw bar is 2 in.

for the basic wall thickness of mold sections under 2-in. to use 60 per cent of the depth of the cavity, but never less than s where the depth is greater than twice the basic wall thickness, adc&$ional '/s in. to the wall thickness. For example, a cavity with . d i a h t e r loading space of 1-in. depth would require a 13116-in. wall ess, T i is calculated as follows: hs (1 X .60)

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extreme stresses are antidgated.

necessitated the making of the split cavities. (It would be difficult to machine such deep barriers in a solid block of steel.) The mold is shown in open position with the ejector pins raised. Six ejector pins are used, and four movable pins hold the inserts. This makes a total of ten pins for a piece approximately 2% by 3% in.

MOLD PINS
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which form part of the surface of the molded piece should be chromeple;ted when the rest of the mold is plated. Ejector pins should be fitted imosely in the ejector pin plate. This allows the pins to align themselves k r h the holes in the mold sections. The ejector bar does not expand as much as the heated retainers, and this differential introduces some misalignment which must be compensated. %ns with an integral cam to produce sidewall undercuts are called jiggler pins. Molds should be designed to make use of ejector pins whenever passible. The number and placement of the pins is entirely dependent qn the size and shape of the molded piece. The basic function of knockout pin* is to remove the molded part from the cavity or core with no distortion c~xarring,ancr it is better to have too many rather than too few pins to wxximplish the desired result (see Fig. 5.8). Figure 5.8 shows a single-cavity transfer mold and two molded parts. % part at the left shows the gates and runners still attached. Any comMnaPisrn of inserts ma be needed for this part. Six ejector pin marks may tre wen at the outside edge. An ejector pin is also located at each insert @%&a and under e ch runner. This makes a total of 26 movable pins m%Igci for this one c ity. Ejector pins shou be dimensioned so they will come ,005 in. above the m l surface unless otherwise indicated on the product drawing. If od ~Wmpingssuch as the cavity number or trade mark are desired on the ej&%orpin, the letters should be .005 in. deep and the pin should project .blQ in, above the mold surface to make sure that the lettering does nat project above the surface of the piece.

q ~ pins must be as short as possible but must raise the piece 3/s in. ~ r
g the top of the cavity for production convenience. If wedges are raised

hay be picked up easily.

ejector pins, they should be raised $6 in. above the retainer so that

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designers specify that ejector pins 3/16 in. and larger be given flat a e f s . Pins up to %-in. diameter have flats whose depth is equal to p radius of the pin. For pins from %- to %-in. diameter, four flats 1 t~ 1/16 of the pin radius are used. Shown in Fig. 5.9 at ( A ) are the p s vents often used where the ejector pin is inserted at the bottom 1eep cavity, or where it is necessary to fill out a thin-walled section @&vide considerable gas relief. Such gas vents are generally flats from $ .005 in. deep that permit trapped air to flow through and escape. +R gap provided will allow only a small amount of the molding comK to pass, since the plastic material will "set up" quickly in this thin a n thereby block the flow. The addition of two grooves near the en of the pin, as shown in Eig. 5.10 (B) will help keep ejector pin of flash. These grooves will carry the flash forward out of the each stroke. A .blast of air dislodges the flash from the pin. plethods, as shown in Fig. 5.10, are used to form the heads on ejector e head shown at (A) is formed by heating the rod to a red heat hen peening or swaging the head. This method is used where the

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rd gas vents and pin relief. (B) Gas vents and n:lief applied gle for pin strength to increase depth of hole.

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f i u m s bins for mold construction. (A) Small pin; (B)large pin; (C) pin

of the pin (or butt w There are a number widely used. In designing the riveted-head type of ejector pin, consideration must be given to the fact that the principal stress is tensile. When the pin is pulled back, flash causes the end of the pin to bind, and considerable force may be needed to pull these pins baek into place after they have been lifted ta eject the molded part. The hdad must be strong enough for this stress. A good general rule to follow is to have the height of the riveted head equal to one-half of the pin diameter in sizes up to g.diame&r. Pins larger than M in. should have turned heads. Pins which are less than 2 in. in length generally have turned heads, as shown in F i1 1 a't (A). .The center 'fix turning or grinding is a great help to the tool-maker, who will make go& hoier in the molded part should not project above the ore than the amount indicated in Table 5.4, since the

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FIG.5.12. Illustrating use of butt pins for long holes.

lengths indicated have been found to be the maximum that will stand up under average conditions. Certain special conditions and molding care may permit use of longer mold pins. Holes which are formed by solid sections of the mold and which cannot be replaced in the event of breakage should be only one-half the height shown in the table. Where molded holes of greater bmgth than those shownI in the table are required, they may be formed b y two pins which butt \t the center, as shown in Fig. 5.12. Butt pins should be backed up by harde ed steel plates or have oversize heads to prevent them from sinking in a so late, as sinking causes a heavy flash to form between the pins and thus incr ses finishing costs. It will be noted from Fig. 5.12 that the diameter of one pin is greater than that of the other. This variance serves to compensate for slight misalignment of the mold cavity and pins. Longer holes may be molded by the use of entering pins which "enter" the opposite half of the mold, as shown in Fig. 5.13. Entering pins should always have turned heads, since the flash sometimes causes them to stick badly. The taper ream in the ' clearance holes, as shown in Fig. 5.13 allows the flash that enters around diameter a to move up freely when the mold is "blown out," or when it filr, . pushed up by the entering pin. If this flash is not given an easy exit, it' will build up a solid plug in the hole and, in a short time, cayse the pin to stick, bend or buckle. Where dimension c (Fig. 5.13) must be held to a tolerance closer t h d ~ a .010 to ,015, the pin should be solid, rather than movable, as sh The bearing surface b should Inot be more than 14 to 2 times the ! a. For pins 3/s in. or larger in (iiametc 1 to Ilk time:s the diameter of a. The be calculated the same as for 6. In compression molds, the length of the entering pins must be to permit enltry to the force b efore it enters the loading sp c The flow of compound which starts when the force enters deflect these pins so they could not f at least ' / 4 O if possible on the molding surface. Shrinkage:) be added.

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5114 vhows good types of construction for long holes. Two pins f each pi@is ysually the nominal size plus shrinkage,, plus .002 a sli8htly oversize hole. This small amount of oversize play be th; *final molded pie& shows too much clearance, whereas of be h d e 'larger if it is made too small.

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as shown in Fig. 5.15, since it is quite difficult to drill a hole straight in these small sizes. It is also difficult to hold the diameter closely and obtain a good fit with the pin. This construction permits the tool-maker to lap or polish the short bearing area after hardening in order to fit the pin. Small ejector pins ($4 in. diameter or less) are often designed to be made

along with it, and, as the mold closes, these heavy bar back to its proper position and thus the force is gh the ejector pins. e diameter and number of these pins vary with the size of the mold, #I iih. is usually the minimum size. For average molds using up to 50 or -in. pin-will be satisfactory. Two pins may be used , but three or four are needed where the bar is wide. ngement should be used so the mold cannot be
1/16 in. larger than the pin. In s are usbally slip fitted so they will support the of the ejector assembly in a horizontal position.

s plates should be

e Melded Threads bask major diameter of the mold section is determined by subtracting the allowable tolerance from the basic major diameter of the molded d, then adding the proper material shrinkage. For the tolerance on asia mold dimension, use $4 of the allowable tolerance (plus).

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b v e l G should be limited to 1% or 2 in. This arrangement is also here no auxiliary cylinders are available to operate the ejector bars. number of springs needed for any given mold is dependent upon the the mold and the size of the press being used. The minimum number in spring boxing is two on each side of the mold. Generally, top1 of six are used except in unusual applications. ejector operating springs (Fig. 5.21), two or three springs usually will

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-head screws are best for mold work because they are easily disled. They also act as dowels in mold assembly, since usually they only &/a-in. clearance. Small screws are used in the small molds er schws in the larger molds. The thickness of plate has definite hip to the size of the screks. The thickness of the head on a socketw is the same as the body diameter. Thus a 51 16-in. screw requires . minimum depth of counterbore. The right and wrong way to use ws is shown in Fig. 5.22, which also indicates the proper clearances. pth to which a screw should enter (dimension F) is the same as the diameer of the screw. At this depth the screw would break a t about @bia% time the threads would strip. A rule commonly applied in deterk (he c m c t length of screw is: length of screw shall be the same

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as the thickness of plate into which the screw head is recessed. Where greater holding power is required, more Appendix.)

Parallels
The parallels should be as close together as possible under the cavity; allowing 1/ 16 to 3 16 in. clearance on each side of the ejector bar. The height 1 of parallels is calculated to allow the ejector pins to push the molded piece % in. or more above the cavity. Most designers calculate this height and then add !A in. for the additional clearance that may be needed in the press set up. The maximum width of ce ejector bar. Center parallels cannot be used, the additional s These center support pins are usually and they pass through the ejector bar. Support pins are best located m way between center of the cavi lowance for one pin is 1132-in. for the pins use 1132-in. clearance for the en These ends holes with the small bar and minimize the horizontal t clearance for the central pins gives ance in his mold construction. Support pins are not often hardened used in molds which operate verti often combined in molds whi that hardened guide pins and bus injection molds, particularly if sm ropped. Slots are cut in the parallels, as shown in Fig. 5.23 e blowing operation, and they are often cut in both front and

IPERATURE CONTROL MEDIA AND METHODS
@vianusly stated that temperature is an essential ingredient in a?g operation or at some point in the process. Generally, this!$&with controlling mold temperatures. Uniformity of heating k'w objective to be gained, and the problem justifies considerable bnning. The bibliography lists texts dealing with heat transfer 6 used in calculating it. Heat transfer is the name of the game, sferring heat out of the material and into the mold surface, t out of the mold surface and into the material. In either

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needed for the very difficult molding where flow controlled by heating or cooling is critical to success in manufacturing. The following simplified system may be useato calculate heating and cooling loads. You will note that the simplification advises that 20% be added for a safety margin. This means that the approximations are only accurate within 20%, which will probably be satisfactory in 80% of the cases. The authors subscribe to the 80120 mle which, in essence, states that 80% of the benefit can be obtained for 20% of the cost (or effort). Certainly this is true in heat calculation unless thete is a computer program available to perform the complicated calculations. The quantity of heat or cooling required is determined by the larger of the following two factors; 1. Quantity of heat or cold required to bring the equipment to operating temperature in a given time period. the desired temperature 2. Quantity of heat or cold required to m during operation. When calculations are completed, add margin of safety. an error factor and as a

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& a@ 30 or 4 in. of depth. &I -to 3 15- t 20 int should be drilled from owpo@ite d sidm. , p m y spaced about 2 to 3 in. .apafi for ordinary. Openings ordinadly tapped te fit the cundpits used in your molding ble f ~ water or refrigmanta, S&al r r stearn or ho-t nil, but should be tw.4 rupture at accidental disconnect
have set-in cavities, as ~ h o m nQ clmx than % in. for holes less th&n larger clearanas between the cbart,ael

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no. 5.24. (A) Proper steam channeling: r (greatex than H y) represents shortest distam from channel to aavity; y represents gr%at& dbt8a~e r m channel to cavity. (B)ImpropeF fo staam channelinn: x (less than 'h vl reoresents shortest distance from channel to cavitv w

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the same as the reit of Qt: m~#d.' tbg h is laqg .&oy$h to permit sq Lf . of the media to be chanjxded 'throp@ it;, by ah means make that provish This ap&es particularly to ,iqjw$ion molds, w b r e even very small pins must be channoSed to g e d i fast &&b trawier out of she mold[ material. Long or large makt pluqers must be cham14 or cored as shot by Fig. 5.25 to get uniform tempedture'hth the femaEe section of the mo W emphasize t ' h t molding of urea or tgekminta materials e uniform heating which means direct chonneb in the a l e section of 1 mold, a s well as, direct channels in the r&rnt~e .i of the mold. k s otm general rule for all molds, it is wise to use dkM o b n n e b whenever4 male seetion is longer t h a twice if$ diameter. Referenw t vendor's c a w ~ m will show several standard baffle types as rvahble *off the shelf.*? ; - " M a t molders want the temperature centro1 media &f~xtiong~odl ba& side of the mold, that is, away from .the o p e a t ~ r A M hd . t d crt wires on the operator side if there is any other wag d mtkir&g saq con~k~tions. other champ1 openings should All p q g # to prevent leakage of the media. i v,iL r.d;;., : I : The assembly shown in Fig. 5.26 gives the meld half using directed flow of media. The W ~ M to mold designs in which there is anly in passing from the inlet to the outiet. T in a "zig-zag" fashion from inlet to &&&t

mold plunger has been cored out for circulation of heating or cooling Chemical Products, Inc., Kingsport, TN)
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rfled to pgovide a one-way channel. We definitely recommend directed n all molds yquiring cooling or using hot oil or hot water, for heating. npressioq transfer or injection molds for thermosets, that use steam ieating medium, make good use of undirected flow. In this case, all els in the sdme plate are interconnected to allow free.access of high[re steam The only requirement is that the inlet be at the highest in the rnqld, and the outlet at the lowest point in the mold. A warning xder here. When steam channels enter the male section and the conte must return to a higher level for discharge, be sure to use directed A generkl rule, provide a channeling so that temperature variation rectiok b &tion will not egceed 20° F.

s Pins and Guide Bushings
* pins and bushings are used on all except the very simplest and cheapest ld molds. At least two pins will be used and as many as four may be ed. Where only two guide pins are used, one should always be '/s in. than the,:pQer so the mold cannot be assembled incorrectly. Threeour-pin z mpy use the same size pins if an unsymmetrical

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(C)
and guide bushings. (A) Guide pin; (B) guide bushing;
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spacing is used. Guide pins are located as far a effect of the clearance between the. pin and bus The diameter of guide pins varies from '/5: in, for small molds U 5- to 10-ton presses up to 3-in. diameter for 1500-ton presses. A practical size is 3/4 to 1%-in. diameter for the molds. When considerable side thrust is expe metrical flow conditions, the larger size pins should be selected. The length of guide'pins should be such t pin will enter the bushing to a depth equal to plunger enters the loading space. Guide bus long as the diameter of the pin and they must always be used plates are not hardened. When hardened plates are used, guide are not absolutely necessary but they are preferred, espeeirrfly if will be a long running mold. Guide pins and bushings must be press talerances and construction details for the at (A) and (B). The section dimensioned 1.248 at (B), is helpful to the tool-maker because bushing in the plate a short distance before the p r e ~ ~ - f i t ~ d :

cilitates entry perpendicular to the plate. The the holb in the retainer plate, shown at x in (C), is usually peened sure that the bushing does not pull out. In cases where the length s the plate thickness, allowance should be made peenin8 each end of the hole or use a shoulder bushing. Set often used when the length is very short. A set screw, as shown e guide pin is not backed up by a plate. The uld rest against a flat on the side of the pin. There are several standard guide pins and bushings. It is recommended that pins are seldom lubrimted and frequently are used in a rusted ses them to stick. Thus considerable damage out of the plates. These factors necessitate pins. (Also improved shop
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HOBBED CAVITIES AND PLUNGERS ed by the methods used for ob comes within any of economical for the job.

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being smaller cross section as the runner branches out. The

match at the parting line.

OPPOSED CAVITIES AND BALANCED MOLDS
When the shape of the cavity or core is such that the molding press will create side pressure (bending pressures) the cavity arrangement usually "back-to-back,* i.e., so that distorting pressures in adjacent offset each other. This is indicated in Fig. 5.28 which also shows "balancing a mold." However, the balanced mold is most often a ter in describing a particular arrangement of cavities in an injection

is the same length. Further, runner sizes (diameters or cross sectio gradually in exactly the .%me fashion in each of the paths. The

RFACE FINISHES AND TEXTURED MOLDS
of the Plastics Industry and the Society of Plastics Engineers master blocks with surface finishes clearly defined, specifmble atld capable of duplication by any knowledgeable moldmaker. houses have also created textured designs that can be specified resumably to be applied by them). Specialized businesses

making the finish requirements known at the time you

REFERENCES
FIG. 5.28. Opposed cavities equalize s i d e - p r e s s ~ ~ . The for sinking cavities.
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e PA: Robo Systems, 1984. of plastics part design, Plastics Design Forum, Nov./Dec.

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DuBois, J. H. and W. I. Pribble, Plast~cs Mold Engineering, 1st Ed., Chicago: American Technical Society, 1984. Fine, Arthur and McGonical, Charles, Design of complex connector mold, Plastics Machinery & Equipment, Mar. 1984. Heat Pipes, Torrance, CA: Hughes Thermal Products, 1975. Leonard, Laverne, Window profiles raise designers' sights, Plastics Design Forum, p. 62, JulyIAug. 1984. Mafilios, Emanuel P., Designing molds to cut thermoset scrap, Plastics Engineering, p. 35, Oct. 1984. Mock, John A,, Mold design, manufacture and control-An integrated concept, Plastics Engineering, Jan. 1984. Nelson, J. D.. Shrinkage patterns for molded phenolics, Plastics Engineering, July 1975. Pixley, David and Richards, Peter, Thermoset or thermoplastic for electrical/electronic E/E, Plastics Design Forum, p. 28, Apr. 1981. Pribble, Wayne 1.. Galley of goofs (phenolic part d*~lastics ~esign Forum.Nov./Dc~. 1984. Sors, Laszlo, Plastics Mould Engineering, Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1967. Sors, Laszlo, General Electric launches potent design info system, Plastics World, p. 32, ~ u g 1984. . S o n , Laszlo, Designing for producibility-A roundtable forum, Plastics Design Forur p. 23, Jan.lFeb. 1984.

pression Molds
Revised by Wayne I. Pribble

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Suggested for Further Reading
Krouse, John K., Automation revolutionizes mechanical design, High Technology, Mar. 1984. Levy, Sidney, What CAD/CAM programs may not do for the designer (yet). Plastics Design F o r m , p. 62, Nov./Dec. 1984. Levy, Sidney, Complete CAD/CAM moldmaking software, Modern Plastics, July 1984.

of the molds used for thermosetting plastics are the ression type. It is the oMer molding method, and later developments prior arb. In developing this text on mold design, it is he compression molds and follow with the other of the design of a single-cavity hand mold that is atic 12cavity mold will be used to introduce the 1 calculations and basic design procedure. This undamental mold type is followed by discussion considerations that arise in the design of other Hand molds are being eliminated for many applications because of the and molds continue to offer better answers for rt assemblies in many applications. Hand molds nsfer and injection molding. Shown in Fig. 6.1 set that may be used for the conversion of hand molds semiautomatic. Standard mold bases and units should be considered r all new hand or single cavity molds.

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COMPRESSION MOLDING reader should review the data on compression molds and compression t this time so that the forms of the various types s and the operation of compression molding presses The basic molding problem calls for a mold that will the compound to the desired shape, and hold it under compression while the chemical action which hardens it takes place. This must t and least costly manner, the mold being designed so
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gligible. The use of preforms also reduces the loading space ree mold. uction requirements of the user of the molded parts will determine m numb& of cavities to be used. The fact that 100 cavities are intain the rate of d 'very does not mean that all must be in one r bottle caps hav contained as many as 150 cavities; molds may contain 500 ca ties in a single mold. These large molds are e average mold will be found to contain from 5 to 15cavities -sized parts. The use of a low number of cavities has manyadvanthe smaller molds remain open a shorter period for loading, etc. the smaller molds, pressures are more uniformly distributed s minimized, as repair work on a small mold means production number of cavities. For example, if a 36-cavity mold were press for repair of a broken pin, all production would be instead,&hree 12cavity molds were used and one had to be reone-third'the total productign would be lost.

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,assume that a mold for a lever is desired. See Fig. 6.2. Specifhthis part to be: molded from one of two materials: black wood ienolic or gray urea-formaldehyde compound. The user wants a built quickly for test, for sample to be followed by consttuc;duction mold capable of producing 7500 pieces a week. The kast costly m sld that can be built will be a singlecavity hand c the design of such a mold will be the tabulation of informadata' card, and this involves the determination of the bulk

that the wmpaund and inserts may be intduced w i l y and the part ejected

without distarrion. Since the mold is idle while it ie being loaded and unloaded, the efficiwcy of theise operations, the quality of the pbce, and the w ~d the flnishixl.g opmttic~s be a tme measure of the quality of the t will mold. a m 1 molding prm~3s imolw the pmblern of forcing a bulky mat* rd intb a given shape and spa= by the use of pressurnsranging from 2,500 i upward, accompanied by the applimtim of heat , - 8 4 far the purpo* m 0 F) 3 af plastbiaing the compound and causing it ter flow and fill out to the mold contour. 'Ilris action may ppsdwce highly l o c a l i d stresms in various p M af the mold, and thenby c w serious mold breakage if the w l d p i fra* a are not properly designid. The ww materials mag be charged into the mold by at least three d 8 f e n t nxthods. Tkme are li5:ted in the order af tbeir preference and gem&

olic wood flour

Bulk Factor . 3 3

Shrinkage .006-.009 .008

I. Pmfoms, or "pills." 2. Frolumetrie loading by loading b a r d or measurn cup, 3, Weighed c b q e af powder or preforms. .
The preforming d a r not change the miterial itself, but @ I % to V * O? a loadiryl unit of pndnermiocd weigh. Preforms an ODW b.ndW
I

lations may be made either by laying out the piece in sections
?rg volume of each section or by computationfrom the weight the

obtained from the volume, using formula (I), formula is also used to calculate the volume when the

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(1)

V = total volume of part

Wu = unit weight of material
WT f total weight of part
&me of the lever has been found to be 0.70 cu in. We must add to k factor of 10%to include the material required for the flash. Flash h @&l that will be squeezed out around the plunger and through b slots as the mold closes. This allowance must be made in comw holding to prevent precure a t the parting line and to enable that @ich lies on the land to escape outward and provide a good pinchb r f l o w also takes care of any variation in the load by permitting ~d to escave. additipn of the i ~ for f l ~ the total volume of compound o h

b..
L'h

-.70,

+ 10% = 0.77 cu in.

@attion of formula (1) we obtain for the gross weight of the lever:
P.

' = .77 cu in. 6

,FJr;= .76 ozlcu in. for phenolic or .85 ozlcu in. for urea ,,76 = .58 oz gross weight for phenolic
.&51= .66 oz gross weight for urea
$.

pie

I of 1

tical calculations will convert these weights to 3.6 lb per hundred hendic and 4.1 lb per hundred pieces for urea compound. a general forinula used for calculating the total volume r preforms. Thus,

w,x

WXBF = y loo

(2)

Gross weight of iolded part per 100 pieces

Bulk factor of compound

- Weight per cu in. of compouna
.@54lb/cu in. for urea or .048 lb/cu in. for phenolic

" Total volume of compound required
( W a d WImust both be expressed in lb or oz)

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