Missler Announces Launch of 2006 Version of TopSolid’CAM

At EMO, Missler Softwareannounced that it will launch the 2006 version of TopSolid’Cam in the last quarter of 2005. This new version will include important improvements for production machining, especially for the mold making and aeronautical domains.

TopSolid’Cam is an integrated CAM software for the manufacturing of machined parts. Based on the automatic recognition of topological properties, TopSolid’Cam identifies individual shapes and can thus suggest the best machining method to use. Machine simulation, collision checks, management of the stock, spindle synchronization, raw part updating and visualization of material removal are important elements of TopSolid’Cam for tool path programming.

Key improvements in TopSolid’Cam 2006:

  • The automatic transformation of 3-axis tool paths into 5-axis tool paths.
  • This function, a significant improvement for mold makers, permits the use of shorter tools to machine the part, which in turn favors good cutting conditions, a decrease in possible vibrations, and a significant reduction in cycle times.
  • TopSolid’Cam 2006 automates the emptying of 5-axis pockets, which in turn considerably reduces the number of steps necessary to perform this action. The new version of TopSolid’Cam automatically evacuates the holes followed by a pocket wall finishing using the swarf machining technique.
  • Drilling on wire-frame geometry, allowing the machining of identical holes not modelled in the CAD file which have different orientations. In addition, this function enables faster 5-axis drilling.
  • TopSolid’Cam 2006 gives the operator the possibility to manage production by “assembling” several different parts and their machining processes on the same machine. In other words, the operator can assemble parts already programmed without needing to reprogramme the parts. In case of a machine breakdown, for example, the operator can change machines without reprogramming the parts.
  • TopSolid’Cam 2006 offers turning cycles adapted to Swiss turn lathes. In fact, all turning cycles such as roughing, finishing and breakdown have been adapted to the Swiss turning process.
  • Tool length management by separating 3D machining processes, an improvement that lets mold makers make surface and cutting condition improvements. This function automatically divides the machining operations in such a way that they are carried out by both a short and long tool. Thus, cutting conditions are optimised and cycle times are reduced.
  • TopSolid’Cam 2006 manages ¾ gun drills used for deep drilling. This new function offers special cycles for ¾ gun drills, which are mainly used by mold makers in the drilling of cooling circuits in mold plates.

Missler Software is one of the leading global suppliers of CAD, CAM and ERP solutions. The company’s product lines include TopSolid, TopManufacturing, and Goélan. Missler offers a uniquely integrated solution for the mechanical engineering industry (general mechanical design, special machinery, tooling, and boilerwork) and for the sheet metal and wood industries.

Big Metalworking Trade Fair Set for Southeastern China in October 2006

The seventh edition of the metalworking industry’s leading trade fair for southeastern China, Metal Working China 2006 (MWC), will offer suppliers from around the world a dynamic international market showcase when it is held in Shanghai October 10–13, 2006. MWC focuses on machine tools, sheet metal–working machines, wire-working machines, pipe-machining equipment, metal-forming machines, precision tools, and tool and mould making.

MWC is the only trade fair in the southeastern Chinese economic zone to cover the whole spectrum of metalworking and related processing. Many world-famous companies have used the fair as a platform for growth. A record 500 exhibitors are anticipated in 2006 (compared with 377 in 2004), filling around 35,000 m² of floor space. Some 50,000 visitors attended in 2004.

National pavilions for Europe, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, France, South Korea, the USA, China, and Taiwan will offer smaller companies access to the promising Chinese market. China, the world’s sixth economy and third-leading trading nation, is now the largest market for machine tools.

Leading industry associations on the consumer side are supporting MWC, including the China Automotive Industry Association, China Aviation Industry Corp., and China National Machinery & Equipment Corp. Major national machine tool associations taking part include the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW), the Association of Spanish Machine Tool Factories (AFM), the Swiss Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Industries (Swissmem), and the Korea Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (KOMMA).

MWC is organized by Hannover Messe International GmbH, Hannover Fairs China Ltd., Shanghai, and China National Machine Tool Corp. The venue for this exhibition, as well as for four simultaneous trade fairs whose topics tie into the capital goods focus of MWC, is the state-of-the-art Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Pudong, which was inaugurated in 2001 as a pioneering joint venue for the Hannover, Düsseldorf, and München trade fair companies and their Chinese partners.

A supporting programme highlighting key developments and market trends in the sector while addressing practical issues will feature the Metal Working Summit, company presentations, forums, and plant visits.

“Nowadays, no export-oriented machine tool producer can afford not to be a player on the Chinese market,” commented Wolfgang Lenarz, CEO of Hannover Messe International GmbH.

New CEO Announced at Dapra Corp.

Dapra Corp., which supplies the metalworking industry with cutting tools, workholding and positioning equipment, and part marking equipment, has a new CEO: Linda Pilvelis, who had been the company’s chief financial officer since 1991. She succeeds Tom Watson, who will continue as a member of Dapra’s board of directors.

During the past 29 years, Pilvelis has been actively involved in every aspect of the Dapra business. She was appointed to the board in 1989 and has been directly involved in the management of all aspects of Dapra’s business since 1997.

Pilvelis leads a management team that includes Richard Pentz, vice president, business development; Michael Bitner, product manager, cutting tool and workholding/positioning products; and Chris Davis, vice president of Dapra Marking Systems, a division of Dapra Corp. that specializes in direct part marking, reading and verification solutions.

During the past 21 years, Pentz has been actively involved in cutting tools sales—most recently as general manager of Dapra Marking Systems until his appointment as vice president, business development. He is an advisory director of the company.

Bitner’s product manager position combines product development, technical support and sales management. He has 15 years of experience in the mold and die industry. He, too, is an advisory director of the company.

Davis is a recent addition to the Dapra team. He has 25 years of sales, sales management and general management experience in several technology-based companies.

Dapra was founded 50 years ago and is a supplier of cutting tools, permanent part-marking solutions, workholding/positioning equipment and Biax scrapers and air tools.

Winners in Design Award Announced by VDID, DSM Somos

Last fall’s EuroMold 2002 trade fair in Germany was the occasion to announce the winners in the professional designer and student categories of the 2002 ProtoFunctional® Design Competition. Sponsored jointly by the Association of German Industrial Designers (VDID) and prototyping materials specialist DSM Somos®, the international contest attracted interest and entries from around the globe to compete under the theme Alleskönner (Truly Functional).

First prize in the professional designer category went to Victor Massip and Laurent Lebot of Faltazi Studio in Nantes, France, for their “Jellynoctil” egg beater. First prize in the student category was won by Ozge Kandemir of Anadolu Universitesi in Güzel, Turkey, for the “Coffee Bean,” an all-in-one unit consisting of receptacles for different-flavored beans and a stove for making the coffee.

The Association of German Industrial Designers (VDID) represents the interests of industrial designers in Germany. The VDID is a member of both BEDA (Bureau of European Designers Associations) and ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design).

DSM Somos® has commercialized an entire range of ProtoFunctional® resins to respond to the needs of new product development and industrial design. It also offers materials for selective laser sintering and is noted as the first manufacturer of powder elastomeric polymer that can be sintered to produce highly flexible parts with rubber-like characteristics.

D-M-E North American Catalog to Offer Metric Components for First Time

Starting in September, the D-M-E. Company will be offering a comprehensive European-standard, metric mold components product line to customers in North American. The expansion is in response to the continuing growth of metric molds and components in North America.

“As companies continue to react to global competitive pressures and opportunities, we are seeing more molds being transplanted from region to region, from country to country,” says Chuck Azzopardi, D-M-E’s product manager for mold components. “When metric molds are transplanted to North America, tool builders there need a quick and reliable source for service components.”

D-M-E expects metric components to play an even bigger role in North America in the future.

A new 21-page D-M-E Metric Components Catalog details everything from metric surface definitions to metric fit tolerances. These metric tolerances and standards are not familiar to some North American mold builders, so the catalog includes seven appendices, compiled by D-M-E, which include detailed charts and diagrams to assist those who may be inexperienced with metric tolerances and standards.

EOS Moving to New Facilities near Munich by End of October

By the end of October, the entire staff of EOS GmbH, one Europe’s leading manufacturers of rapid prototyping (RP) systems, will have moved to new facilities in Krailling, Germany, close to Munich. The move is in full swing—and, EOS adds, so is its research and development work. New products continue to be launched to further promote batch-size, optimized production. Users can look forward to seeing the latest rapid prototyping and manufacturing innovations at this year’s EuroMold trade show (December 4–7) in Frankfurt.

For example, the new EOSINT S750 is an extremely high-productivity system that uses EOS’s patented DirectCast® process for boxless manufacture of molds and cores for sand casting. The twin lasers of the EOSINT S750 system scan the internal regions of the laser-sintered parts at a much higher speed, increasing output considerably. The system has successfully completed beta testing.

Engineers And Technical

HYX is a rapidly growing B-to-B, Internet-based, ‘media-model’ business linking buyers and sellers in the $500+ billion electrical, electronic, mechanical, chemical, and optical products markets. HYX has enjoyed 8 consecutive years of 100%+ sales growth and has 80%+ renewal rates with it’s ‘sell-side’ customer base. HYX currently has a registered user base of more than two million engineers and technical buyers, the world’s largest registered community of its kind. And, HYX continues to add new registered users to its community at the rate of 14,000+ per week. As the Company claims its leadership position in the vertical search arena for engineering and technical products, this user base will continue to grow quickly. Serving two markets – engineers and technical buyers and the industrial suppliers marketing to them – HYX is the place where the engineering community conducts business.

For engineers, scientists and other technical professionals, HYX has completely revolutionized the way engineering work is done. HYX was founded in 1996 for engineers by engineers and leveraged its domain expertise and deep understanding of the online behavior and complex needs of the engineering and technical community to build The Engineering Search Enginesm. To achieve this, HYX has crawled, filtered and indexed the World Wide Web and focused solely on engineering-related information. Included in The Engineering Search Engine is access to the hidden Web – content protected by firewalls, requiring registration or fees to access. In other words, content not readily available to general, mass-market search engines. 

The engineering community regularly uses HYX as its number one online destination to locate products and services, learn about suppliers, and access comprehensive technical content on standards, patents, specifications, designs, application notes and more. HYX’s trademarked search technology, SpecSearch®, lets users search by detailed product specification the world’s largest parametrically searchable database of technical products, components and services, and related industrial catalogs in an online format. HYX’s unique competency – understanding engineers’ search needs – ensures only relevant information is delivered. 

For industrial sector suppliers, HYX creates exceptionally strong value by offering a complete Internet marketing solution – a broad, cost-effective marketing channel for suppliers to reach potential customers in their target industries. Companies included in HYX’s database benefit from interactive access to engineers and technical buyers at the ‘ready-to-buy’ moment. And, at a time when the pressure to deliver ROI on marketing expenditures has never been greater, HYX delivers highly-qualified sales leads unavailable from other marketing channels such as general search engines, trade magazines or industrial directories. Most importantly, through its online lead reporting and management system, HYX provides its clients with tools to measure and track the results of their program; it is our belief that suppliers should demand accountability and ROI from their marketing partners.  need Engineers And Technical supporting, you can go to https://www.thediecasting.com/

Blow Molding Machine

Blow molding machine is a machine used in blow forming jobs that become a multibillion dollar business. It is a manufacturing process in which hollow plastic parts are formed. Blow molding machines are what you need if you run a business deals with producing hollow objects from thermoplastic.

For years, blow molding machines have been widely used in a wide variety of industrial or technical application. There are a some examples of things you see in your daily life that are made through blow molding machine, including toy wheels, surfboards, fuel tanks, cabinet panels, flower pots, etc.

In general, there are three main types of blow molding machine that are classified based on the activities. The types are extrusion blow molding, injection blow molding, and stretch blow molding.

The blow molding process begins with melting down the plastic and forming it into a parison or preform. The parison is a tube-like piece of plastic with a hole in one end in which compressed air can pass through.

To decorate blow molded products, there are several ways users usually do, such as paint, pad printing, screen printing, decals, and hot stamping. In short, blow molding machines allow users to fulfill their needs.

You may find difficulties in finding blow molding machines in your town, but you can many options by searching online.  Some come with expensive prices since they are designed for industrial purposes. However, you can consider used blow molding machines to solve this problem. Read this following to catch the ideas.

Blow Molder

This is a blow molding machine with 1.5 times efficiency to support your business activities. It is equipped with specially mould locking clamping system and network-service help system for the blow molding machine. It can be connected with filling machine directly, so it saves the investment on the ordering-bottle machine.

If you compare to other machine, you will get that this blow molding machine can save electricity up to 50%. With high technology Micro PLC controller, it ensures you that the machine working properly and stable. This machine is suitable for several usages, such as mineral water bottle, oil bottle, CO2 bottle, cosmetic bottle, and pharmaceutical bottle.

Stretch Blow Molder Machine for 19L PET Bottles

This blow molding machine provides perfect function with economic investment, while it is also easy to operate and maintain. It needs only one person to operate, so of course somebody can do other jobs while one operates the machine. It is also space-saving, so it fits any room size.

This blow molding machine is especially used for producing 3-gallon and 5-gallon bottles. Companies use it for producing any shape of plastic containers from PET, PC, and PE with neck finishes from 15mm to 200mm. It adopts special designed perform heating system to ensure the optimal heating effect for 730 g tick-wall perform.

Extrusion Blow Molder by Tincoo

With this blow molding machine, you can produce a wide variety of materials, such as PE, PP, and PA. Unlike other machines, it has one additional station with high-precision linear guide. The largest capacity of the product can be 16L, and its production capacity is 60 to 70% more than single station machine. If you often make products with different types, you can change the die heads to achieve multi-type protection.

High pressure die casting


This process is almost universally selected for high- pressure die-casting components in zinc alloys. Metal is melted in a crucible with a hollow protrusion on one side, (generally called a gooseneck), located into the entrance to the die. A force pump mechanism, which has one end submerged in the molten metal, injects the molten metal into the die.

A runner system allows the metal to enter the component cavity or cavities through one or more ingates. Overflow runners may be provided to improve integrity and surface finish as appropriate.


As aluminium and it’s alloys require such high temperatures during the diecasting process, the hot chamber process is not suitable. This is because most of the metal components used to push the molten metal in to the die can not be subjected to long periods at high temperatures. Accordingly molten metal, held in a separate furnace, is transferred by a ladle and poured into an extension tube, (generally called the shot sleeve), projecting from the entry point to the die. A plunger, acting along the sleeve, forces the metal into die.

A runner system allows the metal to enter the component cavity or cavities through one or more ingates. Overflow runners may be provided to improve integrity and surface finish as appropriate.

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Plastic Mold Making business

I received an interesting e-mail yesterday from someone inquiring about making plastic molds for building planters with faces on them.

I’m going to just copy it and paste it here. So you can read it to.


I found an article http://www.abceo.com/ and I’d like to try to make these planters but I don’t know how to make the plastic mold. Can you assist?? I work for an agency that works with developmental disabled individuals and we started an art gallery and would like to make some of these planters to sell.


S Belle

Hello S Belle:

Thanks for visiting my site.

I have been thinking about your request for info on making plastic molds for heads to use as planters.

I don’t know where you could buy the molds but can guarantee that they would be expensive and require some expertise to use.

If I was going to try this I would go to garage sales and hobby stores looking for “heads” to use as the basis for my mold.
Plastic Halloween masks make nice cheap plastic molds. Look for ones without any undercuts and that are fairly rigid.
Make up a sand bed with clean moist sand _ if you can pick up a handful and squeeze it, it should stay together.

Cover the eye, nose, and any other holes in the mask. Before you place the mask in the sand bed – coat it with some 10w engine oil. Get the cheapest stuff you can. Don’t put too much on or it will make pits in the surface.
Pack the sand around and under the mask to make sure it holds its shape.
Mix some hypertufa and carefully pack it into the mask.

You will have to wait patiently for a couple of days for the hypertufa to cure. You should be sure that it is kept damp during the curing time.
Once it has cured remove it from the mold and use it to form the front of your Pot-Head.

Maybe you could get some sort of Styrofoam container that you could cut a piece out of and fill the gap with your face casting. Then just use the hypertufa as a glue and filler to cover the container and to holes the casting into place.

I can see it now – you will get a bunch of Richard Nixon masks…….
I hope this gives you some ideas to work with and would like some pictures and commentary if you follow through. (for me to post on my site)

I would like to use this reply as an article on my site (if I get ambitious) and would change your name if it is OK with you? I can leave your name if you like, but either way I will remove the references to .com etc.

Good luck and best wishes’,


Hello again Del,
Thanks for responding!! I’m thinking about buying two head planters and yes they are expensive but I thought I would bite the bullet and then use them for molds. They are, I think concrete planters, and so my next question is how do I use them to make a mold. The answer to your question about posting my questions on your site is fine as long as you change my name and don’t use my organizations information.


S Bell

Hello S Belle:
On my site I have an article about making rubber molds. I would advise against trying it unless you are real adventurous. It is a big job you have to make the actual rubber mold (this is probably the easy part), then make another “case” that comes apart to hold the mold while you pour the concrete. This is generally fiberglass and unless you or someone you know has done it before it is quite a project.

Even if you have purchased a plastic mold you will discover you need a vibrating table in order to make aluminum die casting with no air pockets and it will take a few practice runs before you are able to produce anything that is saleable.
My feeling is if you get some masks and use hypertufa, you don’t need any special skills, you can pack the ‘tufa by hand and will be making nice looking planters in a short period of time. You could make a few ‘faces’ and the go ahead and incorporate them onto your hypertufa planters. One of the nice things about it is that you can ‘glue’ it together.

One other thing is the ‘tufa is very light so you don’t have to have a lot of help to set them up for sale. It is also generally ok to have some flaws in tufa as it adds to the rustic look. Being done by hand means that you will not have a lot of identical planters for sale – similar but not the same. You will find that after you become comfortable with the stuff you will be making more and more articles of your own design.
You may want to get this information – it has helped a lot of people get a feel for what is involved in this hobby.
I hope this helps some, and thanks for the permission!


I hope this is useful to anyone who’s considering making their own molds. If you have any questions please ask and I will try to answer them.