Steel Mold Plates
Tool & Die Molding
Steel Molding Dies allow manufacturers to shape pliable raw materials, such as ceramic materials, composite materials, metals, plastic materials, rubber, and material liquid mixtures through compression, injection, and pressure molding processes.
Mold Base Frames, Mold Cavities, Mold Cores
Usually cut from a pre-hardened die, mold, or tool steel such as 4140 PH, 4340 PH, or P20, mold base frames normally separate into two sides at a parting line allowing manufactured parts to be extracted. Molding plates made from 4140 and 4340 steel, typically in the Rockwell hardness ranging from 28 – 32 to upward of 38 – 45, provide a long lifespan as they are extremely wear resistant.
These steels can handle the high melting points of the composite liquids or resins poured into these forming cores. Typically, a releasing agent precedes the pouring step in order to facilitate removal of the hardened part from the mold.
Precision Grinding provides contract moldmaking services to manufacturers and job shops serving various industries such as automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications. As the moldmaker, we are able to flame cut the mold plates to shape from inventory, rather than saw-cutting pre-hardened steel flats. Prior to grinding or machining 4140 steel, we may anneal the preliminary mold plates within our in-house car-bottom furnace.
In the case requiring cavities or core drills, the plates are then pre-ground, or rough ground to specified tolerance levels upon one of several Blanchard and Mattison grinders. Depending upon the machining required and the desired hardness, we allow for tempering and quenching in addition to providing annealing services. 4140 can be quenched and tempered up to approximately 50 Rockwell hardness.
Mold Guiding Components – Distributor
Complete Quick Change Mold Systems
Complex CNC Machining Available
Our precision machine shop offers complex milling and CNC machining services to create the crevices, grooves, holes, and protrusions that make the final shaped products within these molds. Blanchard grinding offers the critical surface flatness tolerances, and often times, these plates are finish surface ground on one of our close tolerance (±0.001) surface grinders prior to moving toward completion and undergoing final inspection.
Molding plates are often times individually custom made in pairs for high precision manufacturers, working with composite ceramics and plastics, who require the high degree of accuracy that we provide, while being able to completely manufacture molding dies within our own facilities.