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Myths Surrounding Alumium Tooling

MYTHS SURROUNDING ALUMINIUM TOOLING PT 1.

MYTH 1: THE ALUMINIUM TOOLING HAS LIMITATIONS WHEN IT COMES TO PROCESSING

Aluminium tooling offers greater thermal conductivity, and this resolves several process issues with moulding. It also heats and cools more evenly, which eliminates issues to do with material consistency. Aluminium alloys are thermal conductors, and this has been proven to reduce cycle times; directly translating into lower costs and faster parts.

MYTH 2: TOOL MODIFICATIONS TO ALUMINIUM MOULDS ARE EXPENSIVE AND COMPLEX

When it comes to prototyping & initial small volume run, it is more cost efficient to do this through aluminium compared to steel tooling. Crossen's in-house tool dept has a couple of options to cater for minor modifications and tweaks.

MYTH 3: ALUMINIUM TOOLING CANNOT HANDLE COMPLEX DESIGNS

Good designs need to be incorporated with good manufacturing and they rely on each other. Crossen Engineering works proactively with our engineers to identify issues in advance and resolve them based on years' experience and expertise. Crossen Engineering has designed & manufactured aluminium moulds with removable or sliding cores, over-moulded materials and incorporate various threaded inserts.

MYTH 4: ALUMINIUM IS TOO EXPENSIVE

It is a misconception that aluminium tooling is more expensive than other rapid tooling options e.g., Vacast or 3D-printing. The complexity of the design and specifics of a project determines the cost. Using aluminium to make a prototype can save money before a production tool is commissioned. Crossen Engineering has introduced a "Change Mould" system to further reduce initial tooling cost for clients.

MYTHS SURROUNDING ALUMINIUM TOOLING PT 2.

MYTH 5: ALUMINIUM MOULD TOOLING IS ONLY FOR PROTOTYPE AND LOW-VOLUME PRODUCTION

A stereotype that has been built up about "aluminium tooling" is that it means a short-run, low-volume. That is simply not true, there is a range of aluminium alloys that Crossen uses in tooling construction, that allows for the high production of volume parts for customer demand.

MYTH 6: THERE IS A LIMIT TO WHAT POLYMERS CAN BE MOULDED IN AN ALUMINIUM MOULD PROTOTYPE

There is a wide range of suitable materials that can be moulded in an aluminium tool. Crossen Engineering works closely with polymer suppliers and the client to identify the correct material for the component and the most appropriate for their intended use.

MYTH 7: THERE IS A LIMIT TO WHAT POLYMERS CAN BE MOULDED IN AN ALUMINIUM MOULD PROTOTYPE

From as low as 50off to even thousands of production grade parts can be made using aluminium tooling. Aluminium tooling is easy to maintain and refurbish and would be more than enough to use throughout a client's entire product life or to sustain interim demand.

MYTH 8: THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE TEXTURES AND DETAILS THAT YOU CAN ACHIEVE WITH AN ALUMINIUM TOOL

Almost any finish or detail can be applied to an aluminium tool. If a customer has specific requirements for a particular detail or finish, Crossen's expert team will work with them and advise them on what can be achieved.

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