IMG_8322-D&F-0696D&F Mold manufactures new die cast molds and tooling from concept to completion. We service die cast molds to 800 tons with a full range of services from consulting, engineering changes, repair and refurbishing.

Capabilities

  • Mold design
  • Part modeling
  • Custom die cast mold manufacturing
  • Prototype mold manufacturing
  • Refurbishing of existing tools
  • Expedited build and service in special circumstances
  • Custom machining
  • CNC programming and machining
  • Electrode machining
  • EDM (Electrical Discharge Machining)
  • Surface grinding (footprint to 40″ x 96″ capacity)

Technology

IMG_8375-D&F-0749At D&F Mold, we pride ourselves in utilizing the latest technology to build more accurate tools in less time.

We design in SolidWorks, working from the start in solid models. Solidworks is compatible with all major CAD/CAM systems to provide seamless, trouble-free integration of your designs. Solidworks is universally recognized as a leading design tool throughout the industry, proven reliable and know for its integration of components into assemblies, providing feature associativity for easy updating of information on related components.  This means that all inserts, water lines, and actions are engineered as a system to build you a die that works right the first time and runs better.

Electrode extraction and cutterpathing is accurate and efficient using Cimatron CAD/CAM software.

High-speed machining is one of our special areas of expertise at D&F Mold. Embracing this exciting technology early in its evolution, we have acquired a wealth of experience in the optimal application of high spindle speeds and fast machine acceleration. The result is better, more accurate molds and parts. Much of our work is machined to finish and in areas where a higher, polished finish is needed, polishing and fitting time is minimized.

Automatic probing is a key to our machining performance and accuracy. Insert position and alignment is automatically verified and set by touch probes at the time of machining to speed the process and work to a higher standard. Laser tool probing automatically checks tools every time they are loaded to verify concentricity and accurate size.  You get a better, more accurate tool in less time.

IMG_8603-D&F-0977Shrink fit tooling eliminates tool runout for improved cutter performance, life, and accuracy. Tools are firmly and accurately gripped on their full diameter with uniform pressure around all 360 degrees of the shank.  This impressive inductive heating system uniformly heats the tool holder in a split second to insert and remove tools. Cooling the holder to room temperature shrinks the body of the holder around the cutting tool, providing a rigid embrace that makes the cutter and tool act as one.

Capacity

  • up to 2,000 ton die cast dies
  • 10,000 lbs per half

Equipment List

  • Milling

    • Creative Evolution CNC HSD-575 high-speed electrode mill
    • Creative Evolution CNC FMC-1060 high-speed vertical machining center
    • IMG_4110-DNF-74Creative Evolution CNC FMC-1060 high-speed vertical machining center
    • Creative Evolution CNC FMC-1100 high-speed vertical machining center
    • Creative Evolution CNC FMC-1370 high-speed vertical machining center
    • Sharnoa HPM8544 vertical machining center
    • Sharnoa HPM40 vertical machining center
    • Milltronics VM16 vertical machining center
    • Lucas 4″ horizontal boring mill
  • Surface Grinding

    • Thompson 40″ x 96″
    • Blanchard
  • EDM

    • Charmilles 35P sinker
    • Charmilles 55P sinker
  • IMG_7706-D&F-0080Miscellaneous

    • Overhead crane and forklift capacity to 10,000 lbs
    • In-house gas and TIG welding
    • Manual milling, turning, and grinding machines
  • CAD/CAM

    • Cimatron (5 seats)
    • WorkNC
    • SolidWorks (3 seats)

File Formats Accepted

  • STEP – “Standard for the Exchange of Product model data” (ISO 10303)
  • IGES – “Initial Graphics Exchange Specification” (NBSIR 80-1978)
  • Parasolid
  • Pro-E
  • Unigraphics
  • Solidworks

D & F Mold

The world of die cast tooling has expanded greatly in a short period of time. With So Many choices, How do you decide?

"Trust and Service"

At D & F Mold we have built our business on serving our customers needs and developing the trust to know what your needs are before you ask.