“April is the cruellest month,” begins T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” Eliot was from St. Louis, MO (though he lived much of his life in England) so he was no stranger to bitter winters such as we’ve experienced this year in New England and beyond. But the weather was not his muse in the great poem. We digress…
Archive for month: March, 2014
We have just released the 3rd module in our learning series (click here to download). This module focuses exclusively on a topic that consistently generates questions for us: how to machine syntactic foam. We have blogged about machining before and published guidelines to help operators get started, but we recognize that there is a learning curve with syntactics. While skilled CNC operators are at a premium these days, those who work with HYTAC are not shy about telling us what works and what doesn’t in their shops.
It’s one of our favorite thermoforming questions: “Which is more important – the plug material or the plug geometry?” It’s really a trick question, though, because the answer is usually, “It depends!” So let’s take a look at a recent test we did with 2 types of HYTAC plug assist where multiple variables were involved.