Fair Metav 2016 > Model and mould manufacturers to expand their presence at the fair

Germany, Duesseldorf – Imaging of the metalworking process chain now complete

 

Werkzeuglose Zukunft: Der 3D-Drucker fertigt im Laserschmelz-Verfahren Bauteile aus Metall, die aufgrund ihrer komplexen Geometrien mit konventionellen Verfahren kaum oder nicht herstellbar wären. Foto: AUDI AG, Ingolstadt A future without tools: in laser-melting processes, 3D printers manufacture components made of metal that by reason of their complex geometries would be difficult or impossible to produce using conventional processes. Photo: AUDI AG, Ingolstadt

A future without tools: in laser-melting processes, 3D printers manufacture components made of metal that by reason of their complex geometries would be difficult or impossible to produce using conventional processes.
Photo: AUDI AG, Ingolstadt

A sectoral Meet up in the Moulding Area of the fair

“Now that the trade fair scene for tool, model and mould manufacturers has become a lot more fluid, we want to utilise all the options available for upgrading and expanding the fair’s presence in the sector together with our members and network partners,” says Dipl.-Ing. Ulrich Hermann, President of the German Association of Model and Mould Manufacturers, headquartered in Dortmund. This is precisely the reason why the association has decided to participate as a partner in the METAV 2016 – the 19th International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies.

“We shall be showing the flag in the Moulding Area of the METAV 2016,” is how Hermann, whose full-time job is Managing Director of Messrs. Modellbau Hermann in Siegen, summarises the association’s plans. It represents around 260 member companies and 30 network partners. The German Association of Model and Mould Manufacturers intends to organise a sectoral meet-up for them in the new Moulding Area, and to make itself available as a contact point for any trade visitors interested.

 

Die Software-Suite Sinumerik Integrate for production bietet Maschinenherstellern und Endkunden eine Plattform für die vertikale und horizontale Vernetzung und IT-Anbindung von Werkzeugmaschinen in der Fertigung. Foto: Siemens AG, Erlangen | The “Sinumerik Integrate for Production” software suite offers machinery manufacturers and end-users a platform for vertical and horizontal networking and IT interfacing of machine tools in manufacturing operations. Photo: Siemens AG, Erlangen

The “Sinumerik Integrate for Production” software suite offers machinery
manufacturers and end-users a platform for vertical and horizontal networking and IT interfacing of machine tools in manufacturing operations. Photo: Siemens AG, Erlangen

From a 3D data record to the end-product

Model and mould construction is part of the entire process chain from the initial product idea to series manufacture. As a rule, the model and mould manufacturer receives a 3D data record for the end-product concerned. Depending on the requirement involved, he uses this to create an initial prototype, a model device or an illustrative model. These are made from such disparate materials as metal, plastic, wood, ceramics and composites, machined using state-of-the-art CNC milling technology. Increasing use is also being made of additive production processes. In the next step, moulds and tools are created for small series; the transition to tool construction for series manufacture is free-flowing. Tools that later on will be tasked with producing many hundreds of thousands of parts have to operate with maximised precision. In order to guarantee the dimensional stability of the serial products, model and mould manufacturers will on request supply the matching control gauges as well.

“With this profile, model and mould construction has many interfaces with the METAV’s core remit and the other areas,” explains Ulrich Hermann. “We work closely together with industrial designers, manufacture our models using CNC milling or additive manufacturing processes, and have to possess extensive knowledge of metrological and testing technology so as to assure the quality of the end-products.”

 

Dr. Wilfried Schaefer - Geschaeftsfuehrer VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken e.V., Frankfurt am Main) | Executive Director VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken e.V., Frankfurt am Main)

Dr. Wilfried Schaefer – Executive Director VDW (Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken e.V., Frankfurt am Main)

The intere process chain from design, model construction, through the production processes involved

“So we’re all the more gratified to have gained the Association of Model and Mould Manufacturers as a partner for the METAV, specifically for our Moulding Area,” says Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director at the METAV’s organiser, the VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main. “Thus the final gap has now also been closed for the trade visitor when it comes to imaging at the METAV the entire process chain from design, model construction, CAD, software and simulation through the various production processes involved, all the way through to metrological and testing technology,” adds Schäfer.

It’s no less important for model and mould manufacturers to recruit young people. “Our involvement in the METAV 2016 also offers synergies for this purpose,” says Hermann. The association cooperates with the VDW’s Youth Education and Development Foundation, and will be showcasing the career of a technical model constructor at the special youth stand in Hall 17.

 

 

Eine große Herausforderung ist nach wie vor die IT-Sicherheit. Foto: Foto: F. Zimmermann GmbH, Neuhausen a.d.F. / Siemens-USA | IT security continues to be a major challenge. Photo: F. Zimmermann GmbH, Neuhausen a.d.F./ Siemens-USA

IT security continues to be a major challenge. Photo: F. Zimmermann GmbH, Neuhausen a.d.F./ Siemens-USA.

 

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