30 years of mold design experience and leadership
it comes to mold design creativity and development, you can rely
on Thornhurst to make it work. Our experience not only looks good
on paper, but also runs great at the press.
president, Fred Daniels, has extensive experience as both a mold
maker and mold designer going back to the late 1960s. When he started
as a mold maker, he had an aptitude for getting the details right,
the first time. Over the years, other designers would send him prints
to check before sending them on to their customers.
also has years of experience troubleshooting molds built by others,
so he developed techniques, skills and expertise in building molds
from the start that needed minimal troubleshooting.
his career managing several large mold making shops, Fred performed
much of the mold and product design himself. He adopted and became
highly proficient in the early versions of CADKEY. When he
went into business for himself, he specialized in both the design
and building of extremely complex mold inserts for large mold makers
who did not have the in house ability or time to solve some of these
tricky problems. Fred makes those same contributions to Thornhurst's
leadership and performance, today.
experienced team delivers exceptional results.
our mold designers have formal training in 3D modeling, mold making
and machining. In addition to their own skills, knowledge and creativity
in 3D modeling, Fred's vast experience helps leverage effective solutions
for solving trickier molding issues.
design objectives are first and last.
always focuses directly on our customer's objectives when designing
and building a mold.
customers want high-cavitations, fast-cycling tools where quality
is critical since cycle time must be reduced and downtime minimized.
For these customers, we design high quality, hardened steel tools
that run for millions of cycles.
customer might make a specialty medical part requiring only a few
thousand parts to be run. For that customer, we build an inexpensive
but high quality aluminum mold.
customers make consumer products with no specific quantity projection.
For their needs, we might cut a P20 prehardened steel insert directly
into an oversized mold base and use a secondary operation instead
of building more expensive moving slides in the mold. If the product
succeeds, we build the second cavity and add the slides. If the
product fails, the customer's cost is minimized, since the initial
investment was minimal.
any product in any quantity, at the start of marketing or for full-bore
production, Thornhurst meets its customers' objectives.