Special Issue on Dies and Molds
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent Systems, The University of Electro-Communications
1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan
Mass-produced items such as cars, consumer electronics, electronic parts, precision instruments, office supplies, daily necessities, toys, etc., are invariably connected to dies and molds, basic manufacturing technology whose quality determines product quality. Die and mold production is difficult due to the complexity of structures and the requirement for high precision. Advances in both processing and elemental technology such as machine tool and CAD/CAM software determine the results of die and mold acceptability and the level of productive techniques in the country of manufacture. This special issue focuses on die and mold manufacturing technology. Among the many interesting papers are those on rapid prototyping, end mill machining, electric discharge machining, machine tools, press working, and CAD/CAM. We are certain that you will find this issue both interesting and informative. We thank the authors for their generous cooperation and the editing staff for their many contributions.