Injection Mold Manufacturing Blog

Manufacturing Day 2018

October 30, 2018

Manufacturing Day, according to, is a “celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.” Mold Craft participates in Manufacturing Day by inviting local schools to tour the campus and see what Mold Craft does. Mold Craft hosted White Bear Lake High School students as well as first year manufacturing students…

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Tech Center: Innovation at Mold Craft

September 30, 2018

Mold Craft has done a lot to become an innovation leader in the mold making industry. Micro Mold Innovation Mold Craft specializes in making precision micro molds. In recent years, Mold Craft determined there was a gap and a need to have a specialized area to test micro molds. In the big picture of molding,…

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Lean 5S Training Provides Continuous Improvement For Mold Craft

August 30, 2018

No matter how good your customers say you are or how well you deliver on-time, there is always room for improvement.  In order to fill that desire for continuous improvement, late last month, the employees at Mold Craft underwent hands-on 5S training. That’s right, the entire company was invited to participate and learn continuous improvement/efficiency…

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2018 Gen Z Connection

July 30, 2018

The Gen Z Connection Program is a program put on by White Bear Lake High School supported by the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC) and others. The nature of the program is to hire high school students and expose them to a number of different cultures and companies in the manufacturing industry. The focus…

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Plastics Technology Alliance

June 29, 2018

Earlier this year, Mold Craft announced their involvement in the Plastics Technology Alliance. The Plastics Technology Alliance is an alliance between three of the industry’s top mold builders. The names of the companies involved are Mold Craft, Extreme Tool and Engineering, and Westminster Tool. The premise behind the partnership is simple; no one company can…

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NPE 2018: Looking Back

May 31, 2018

NPE 2018; The Plastics Show that is produced by the Plastics Industry Association. This is a major convention focused on the plastics industry that is held every three years. NPE 2018 was held in Orlando, FL and consisted of over 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space. Mold Craft. put Micro Molds at “center stage”…

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Production Quality Prototypes

April 24, 2018

Our goal is to get you Production Quality Parts in a prototype micro mold and quickly provide you proof of concept.  You may be developing a new part intended to run a micro mold, or you may be considering a conversion from conventional molding to micro molding. At Mold Craft we care about everything, most…

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ERP at Mold Craft

March 20, 2018

Mold Craft Increases Efficiency With Epicor ERP Designing and building extremely tight tolerance molds with excellence and offering great value and service to customers is certainly something that Mold Craft is known for in this industry. In pursuit of ongoing excellence and increasing value, Mold Craft implemented the Epicor ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system in…

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Design for Manufacturing

February 23, 2018

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is the process of designing parts in such a way that they can easily be produced with the end goal in mind of cost and part efficiency, and is an industry standard in the world of manufacturing. The DFM process is relevant in virtually all manufacturing industries and is based on…

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Protecting Your Investment – Packaging, Shipping, and Handling at Mold Craft

January 25, 2018

The employees at Mold Craft thrive in the perfection driven culture that is required for making precision molds. They work hard to make their customers happy by delivering the highest quality products on the market and they want to make sure that those high-quality products make it to the customer in perfect condition. For that…

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Mold Craft – Reflecting on a Year of Success

December 28, 2017

This time of year, it is good to take a step back and reflect on all the accomplishments of the past twelve months. Because life can get incredibly busy we don’t get to take enough time celebrating all of the great things that are happening around us. That is especially true this year at Mold…

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Tim Bartz & iWarriors – Supporting Wounded Veterans

December 7, 2017

Tim Bartz is well known in the mold making industry as the co-owner of Mold Craft, but many may not know that he is also the co-founder of a non-profit organization that is very close to his heart. Tim Bartz, along with his wife Kim, co-founded a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization called iWarriors. Since its…

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MFG Day 2017: The Future of Mold Craft

November 2, 2017

October is an exciting time for Mold Craft. Fall has begun, it is the start of the fiscal year, school is back in session, and we are host to one of the thousands of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) events around the country. MFG Day was founded by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International in 2012…

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Wittmann Battenfeld and Mold Craft are TIGHT! (+/- .0001”)

September 15, 2017

Wittmann Battenfeld and Mold Craft, through a common set of customers, have formed a strong relationship in recent years based on similar core values and commitment to providing a high-quality product. You could say they are “tight,” because of their mutual commitment to perfection. Mold Craft’s expertise is in precision micro mold building with tight…

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Advocating for the Industry: Mold Craft Joins Plastics Manufacturing Washington Fly-In

September 12, 2017

Recently, our vice president, Justin McPhee, flew into Washington, DC to meet with government officials and discuss issues facing the plastics industry. Justin and several other representatives from the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) met with U.S. Representative Tom Emmer and staffers representing U.S. Representative Betty McCollum, Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Al Franken. Tax…

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Gen Z Connection: Skills & Careers in Manufacturing

August 2, 2017

Mold Craft provides hands on experience for select White Bear High Schoolers with an eye on a Manufacturing Career, particularly in the field of injection molding. After working with the Minnesota Department of Labor for many months to change the labor laws allowing students to experience a real manufacturing environment, the White Bear Lake High…

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Mold Craft at Amerimold 2017!

June 12, 2017

We’ll be demoing our latest R&D project: a 100µ filter disk two-cavity micro injection mold running in a Wittmann Battenfeld MicroPower 15T injection molding press. We’re very proud to debut this rotary mold with vacuum assist ejection, SCARA robot, and camera part location validation at Amerimold. Kudos to our talented design team and mold builders…

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MFG Day 2016

October 7, 2016

Have you ever wondered what happens inside manufacturing plants? On October 7th, Mold Craft, Inc. (Willernie, MN) opened their doors to high school students from White Bear Lake and Stillwater High Schools. Manufacturing Day is a nationwide event where American manufacturing takes the opportunity to show that they are no longer dark, dirty and dangerous. Mold making facilities are…

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AMBA 2016 Educational Outreach

October 6, 2016

The AMBA in 2016 established the Educational Outreach Program in celebration of manufacturers who work to engage young people in the manufacturing industry.  AMBA member companies were asked to submit a description with photos showcasing efforts made with local schools, along with programs for students to raise awareness and build interest in the moldmaking industry….

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Wittmann Battenfeld Open House and Innovations Workshop

October 5, 2016

Think Small ±.0001” to be exact Mold Craft, Inc. was asked to partner with Wittmann Battenfeld in Torrington CT during their open house and innovations workshop celebrating their 40th anniversary. Brian Heugh, Wittmann Battenfeld & Derrick Jahr, Mold Craft presented a technical presentation on micro molding, micro molding injection molding presses and designing/building micro molds…

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MFG Day 2015

October 2, 2016

American MFG Day; Friday, October 2, 2015.  Have you ever wondered what happens inside manufacturing plants? On October 2nd, Mold Craft, Inc. (Willernie, MN) opened their doors to over 270 high school students from Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake, Stillwater, Oakdale and North St Paul High Schools.  Manufacturing Day is a nationwide event where American manufacturing…

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2015 Mold Builder of the Year

May 3, 2015

Tim Bartz, co-owner of Mold Craft Inc. in Willernie, Minn., has been named Mold Builder of the Year by the American Mold Builders Association.  The award was announced May 7 at the association’s annual convention in Indianapolis. Mold Craft, which specializes in very tight-tolerance injection molds, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Bartz has been…

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According to Plan

May 2, 2015

This moldmaker influences its own destiny by staying true to itself, knowing exactly where it wants to go, and ensuring everyone in the organization understands how to get there.

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MoldMaking Technology Blog

August 28, 2014

MoldMaking Technology Editorial Director, Christina Fuges posts blog on Mold Craft’s Gala 50th Anniversary Celebration.—00001-inch

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Maintaining High Levels of Machining Accuracy

August 27, 2014

While planning for the future, Mold Craft–a manufacturer of high production molds featuring tight tolerances and true cavity insert interchangeability–says it will dispose of the equipment that is less capable and taking up valuable floor space, and replace it with profitable, state-of-the-art machines that will enhance its customer offerings while maintaining aggressive delivery dates. Read…

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LeadTime Leader award

August 26, 2014

Mold Craft received the MoldMaking Technology LeadTime Leader award for 2010. The editorial staff of our industry trade organization did a search of mold builders to find the leaders in our industry. Mold Craft was selected not just for our commitment to on time deliveries, but for our innovative design capabilities, success with difficult tight…

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Mold Craft 50th Anniversary Celebration

June 3, 2014

Mold Craft, Inc. opened its doors August 1, 2014 to friends, family, the community and industry to educate, inspire and entertain.  And what a party it was!  We commemorated our 50th Anniversary GALA Celebration with Food, Drink, Live Band and of course a tour of the Mold Craft Facilities where we shared where we are heading…

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