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

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 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.

Plastic Mold Manufacturer

Plastic Mold Manufacturer

HXY. is a long-established Plastic Mold Manufacturer that started as a manufacturer of radial drilling machines in 1947. In the succeeding decades, the company developed a leading role in the manufacture of high-speed and high-accuracy milling and boring machines.

Now, the Mecof Group has a personnel roster of approximately 500 spread throughout Europe and the United States. Sales and services offices are located in Germany, France, Russia, and the United States. The headquarters operation, Mecof S.p.a is responsible for the design, manufacture, assembly, sales and service. Salvadeo Srl handles the assembly of the Unica line and retrofitting activity while Spaziosystem Srl is the software house. There are as well two general engineering workshop organizations, Meccanica UNO Srl and Mecof Hungary Kft.

plastic mold manufacturer
plastic mold manufacturer

A newly developed production range draws on the power of HSC. The high accuracy of the Mecof machines offer a decrease in machining time from 40% to 70% for molds and dies, and reduced time for finishing.

Günther, Weigelt Form Alliance to
Enhance Competitiveness

To excel in today’s competitive plastics arena, plastics manufacturers are striving to provide their customers with the best possible products and service. Increasingly, this group of manufacturers is specializing in one aspect of the product development process—in design, for example, or in engineering, tooling, or production.

Such is the logic that has propelled two medium-size companies, Günther Hot Runner Systems Inc. and Weigelt Systems, to join forces. Each is managed by its owners and each concentrates in different fields of the product development process—Günther in hot runner systems, Weigelt in liquid silicone. By entering into this partnership, Günther hopes to cater to all the needs its customers might have.

Kennametal Awards Fast Car to
Highlight Commitment to Speed

As part of a campaign to promote its high-performance milling products during September’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Kennametalconducted a sweepstakes with a “Speed Machine” hot rod as the grand prize. The car was a custom-built 1934 Ford coupe in Kennametal yellow with a 350-in³, 350-hp Chevy engine. The winner was Gord Brock of Roctel Linamar in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Kennametal chose the hot rod as its sweepstakes prize to emphasize the company’s ongoing commitment, through its wide array of milling solutions and services, to accelerate milling, customer productivity and profitability. looking for plastic mold manufacturer? Go to to know more mold technology

New Company Named Distributor of ONA EDM Equipment in UK

UK machine tool distributor Warwick Machine Tools Ltd. (WMT), founded in 1970 and acquired by Yuasa Trading of Tokyo in 1992 to form Yuasa Warwick Machinery, has been reestablished under the old name as sole UK agent for ONA EDM equipment and a new range of bed-type machining centres from MTE. Both ONA and MTE are based in northern Spain. ONA is the biggest producer of large-scale EDM machines in the European Union and the oldest EDM equipment manufacturer in the world.

This machine is very good for making plastic molds

WMT is a joint venture of Yuasa Trading and Gerard Berger, who was responsible for ONA sales at Yuasa before becoming managing director of the new company. Paul Barry continues as technical director. All warranties on ONA equipment installed in the United Kingdom will be honoured by WMT.

Says Berger: “In reestablishing WMT as essentially a single-product supplier of ONA equipment, albeit we now also have a complementary range of prismatic metal-cutting machines, it is my intention to give ONA customers the support they deserve but that was perhaps diluted when the products were sold through a multi-machine-tool distributor.” Technical sales are handled both in-house and through distributors, with an emphasis on collaborating with the customer to satisfy particular needs.

The company recently unveiled a new range of high-end ONA die-sinkers and fixed-bed submersible wire-cut machines as well as entry-level wire-cut machines based on the Prima family.

Italian Trade Fair for Manufacturers

The 2,200 companies who participated in the 23rd BI-MU/SFORTEC exhibition, held Oct. 3-9 in Milan, have pronounced the event a success. Sponsored by UCIMU-Sistemi per Produrre for manufacturers around the world, the exhibition showcased machine tools, robots, automation and ancillary products — NC, tools, components, accessories — as well as a wide range of subcontracting products.

BI-MU alternates with EMO, which is held in odd-numbered years.

Companies participating in the trade fair, which included about 1,000 foreign firms, showcased their products in seventeen halls in the Milan Trade Fair District, occupying an area of 97,000 m². A total of 121,590 people visited the exhibition, a figure in line with the record number of visitors recorded for the 2000 event. Italian visitors numbered 114,924. The event also attracted 6,666 foreign visitors from five continents.

Specialist events at BI-MU/SFORTEC included “The World of Welding,” promoted by the Italian Welding Institute and the Fondazione UCIMU; “The World of Assembly,” promoted by SIRI and the Fondazione UCIMU; and “The World of Dies and Moulds.” want to know more about Molds please go to our home page

Dignitaries present at the opening ceremony, presided over by UCIMU-Sistemi per Produrre president Andrea Riello, included Luigi Roth, president of the Milan Trade Fair Foundation; Massimo Zanello, Lombardy alderman for industry, small and medium-sized companies, cooperation and tourism; Alberto Bombassei, president of Federmeccanica, the mechanical engineering employers association; and Alfredo Mariotti, director general of the association.