MOLDMAX® ALLOY IMPROVES PERFORMANCE IN INJECTION MOLDS
Whether your application calls for Materion Performance Alloys' MoldMAX HH®, MoldMAX LH®, MoldMAX V®, MoldMAX XL® or PROtherm® alloys the MoldMAX product line provides a combination of attributes not found in other plastic tooling materials. MoldMAX alloys are tailored for all types of plastic injection molding. With excellent machinability and high impact strength, these alloys allow easy fabrication of molds that stand up in the plastic injection molding process.
In addition, MoldMAX V alloy has been used for many years by race teams in Formula 1, Le Mans, NASCAR, MotoGP and other racing classes to improve performance on the track. By changing out the materials used to make engine components such as valve seats and guides to MoldMAX V alloy, race teams have kept their engines running at optimum efficiency longer. We recently optimized MoldMAX V alloy specifically for automotive applications and renamed it PerforMet® alloy. Learn more.
STRENGTH & THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY IMPROVE CYCLE TIME & PART QUALITY
With a unique combination of strength and thermal conductivity, MoldMAX alloys improve cycle time and part quality, even when used for only selected cores and inserts.
When used in steel molds, MoldMAX alloys cool hot spots, reducing or eliminating the need for cooling channels. By minimizing the temperature differences of mold parts, MoldMAX alloys provide tighter molded tolerances and less post-mold shrinking or warping.
All MoldMAX alloys are easy to machine, and in conventional machining operations, will reduce machining time over tool steel. With high thermal conductivity, MoldMAX alloys are slower to electrical discharge machine than steel, but set up can be optimized to minimize this difference.
UNIFORM MICROSTRUCTURE RESISTS CHIPPING & PITTING
MoldMAX alloys are hot worked to ensure a more uniform microstructure that resists chipping and pitting better than other plastic molding alloys.
The copper base in the MoldMAX family of products provides excellent resistance to hydrochloric acid, carbonic acid and similar decomposition products that can result from the plastic injection molding process. As a result, these materials are ideal for applications involving potentially corrosive plastics such as PVC.
WEAR AND GALLING RESISTANCE
The durability of molds depends on the ability of the mold to withstand abrasive wear and galling. MoldMAX alloys have exhibited excellent wear resistance as injection mold components and cavity inserts in direct contact with plastic parts. Molds have been used with glass-reinforced polymers and achieved in excess of one million cycles.
Find out more about the design and processing information on this plastic tooling alloy, learn more with our MoldMAX® alloys technical papers.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MOLDMAX ALLOY
Contact an authorized MoldMAX alloy North American distributor in your area or a MoldMAX alloy international distributor for additional information about the MoldMAX plastic tooling alloys product line.
For technical information, please talk with an engineer.