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I'm a Mold Maker in United States

I have been in the mold making industry since 1963, became a master mold maker, was a sole proprietor designing plastic injection and thermoset molds for 13 years in United States, was hired by my current company in 1990 and learned to work with CAD (NX) to be exact, I'm 67 and still love to design molds, I find it interesting when apprentices ask which text books they need to read in order to learn how to design a plastic injection mold, to which I always answer that they a writing their own book as they learn from the their colleagues on the shop floor, there are some text books as well but on the job training is a must.

It takes years of experience to become a good mold maker, yet we as an industry will cut each other's throats to work so cheap that we can barely survive. We are killing each other every day. When you go to a doctor, do you look for the cheapest or the best. Corporate America looks for the cheapest and expects the best! We are doing this to ourselves. Unfortunately, in may be too late to wake up.

I believe the future is bright here in the United States, we will level the playing field eventually, after all, mold making made the United States the nation is today, without mold makers of all kinds we would not enjoy life as we know it today here, and throughout the world.

Eventually I believe technology will eliminate the mold maker, an electronic model will be sent into a machine (something SLA) and at the end you will have the final product created in your media of choice, no more molds or molding presses, sounds kind of exciting to me, there are already processes available to mold makers to help them create products faster and more complicated, good luck to everyone trying to become a mold maker, designer, processor.

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