Machined Tooling for Production
Depending upon the requirements of the part for which we are creating tooling, another solution for durable production tool is machining the tool from aluminum billet. The complexity of your part dictates whether the machined tool is more economical for you. In this situation, we CNC machine the billet to duplicate the model while adding the necessary cooling lines to assure uniform temperature control. The result is a high quality tool yielding precise and superior mold finish. The same process is employed, where you supply your part drawing, and General Plastics, Inc., will create and deliver a tool design for the thermoformed part along with recommendations on production tool type, cooling, etc.
As with cast tooling, machined tools can be custom-tailored for your application. Some options include:
- Articulated tooling is similar to moving side actions on an injection mold to allow extra versatility, while assuring ease in demolding
- Etched texturing per customer specification
- Sandblasting for economical finishes or air evacuation
- Logos or other company part identification
- Multi-cavity or family tools to yield multiple or adjoining parts with each molding cycle