A mold is a block that sets the shape of the product being made. It can be made of different materials, the most common of which are wood, aluminum, steel, alloys and copper. It also has different components.
These components include pins, bases, lifters, ejectors, guides, bushings, and alignment devices.
Because the mold shapes the end product, it is always essential that the right type is used. The manufacturer should have a thorough understanding of the final product to be made. Otherwise, the entire chain – from the smallest parts to the roles they play – would be sacrificed.
Tooling involves the hunt and acquisition for different components and machinery required to produce something. It covers a lot of categories, the most common of which are jigs, fixtures, gauges, dies, molds, cutting patterns and equipment.
The process of tooling is more than just choosing based on what’s readily available, or what others are using.
Remember that the outcome of the tooling process directly affects the quality of the end product, as well as the costs that go with the entire process. Because of this, extreme care is required if you are put in charge of the process.