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MOLD
Mold

Industry Segment: Mold Design and Mold Building
Mold making in the United States and Canada has become a constantly evolving industry. Competition from offshore providers has put significant pressure on mold designers and mold builders to find new strategies that can differentiate their companies and win new business.  Firms no longer have the ability to compete solely on the specific type of mold being created. The ability to respond quickly and accurately to a customer’s RFQ can often make the difference in securing a project. Once the business is awarded, the mold shop must be able to cost effectively produce the design or build a high quality mold.  Customers from automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer goods and many other industries turn to a broad range of custom and standard mold makers as integral partners in getting new products to market.

The Business Challenge
A mold provider typically serves many customers.  Three fundamental factors that affect a mold shop’s success are time, cost and quality.  The CAD data can be received in sketches, drawings, or solid models generated by multiple CAD formats from UG or CATIA to IGES or STEP.  The ability to quickly access, understand, modify and communicate the information becomes essential in deciding whether customer demands can be met at the right price.  Any hang-up in the data exchange process impacts time and business opportunity.  Since every job is different, there is no time to rebuild history in order to work with customer data. 

Successful mold providers must:
  • Interrogate CAD models quickly
  • Deliver time and cost sensitive quotes
  • Design molds using CAD data received
  • Collaborate effectively between teams
  • Eliminate rework and waste from mistakes
  • Respond seamlessly to ECO changes
  • Exchange design data with CAM systems

Versatility is required from the design team to the shop floor. 

Kubotek Gives Mold Providers a Competitive Edge
Best-in-class solutions to the everyday challenges facing mold providers has enabled Kubotek customers to win business because they are faster than the competition.  Proven time and again, the seamless exchange of non-native CAD data, flexible solid modeling and surfacing tools, and smooth integration with CAM systems allow designers and builders to get the information they need, when they need it in preparation for manufacture. 

When differentiation and speed count, Kubotek allows manufacturing teams to leave the history behind.  Real geometry-based solutions from Kubotek are ideal for mold companies engaged in developing unique or one-time mold cavity design.  Many of our customers supply plastic injection molds to the aerospace, automotive, consumer products and medical industries.  Knowing that anything can be done, our customers have a high level of confidence when taking on new business.