Buckinghamshire College has set up a training centre for the manufacture of injection-moulded tools and dies, as a spin-off from its wholly-owned Centre for Rapid Design and Manufacture (CRDM).
The £1m ‘centre of excellence’ in advanced and rapid toolmaking at High Wycombe was set up using industrial funding and a Government grant.
All the technologies adopted at the centre are aimed at reducing time in the toolmaking procedure, and include a palletisation system with an off-line co-ordinate measuring system.
Hardware will include the latest wire and spark erosion equipment from Charmilles and a Bridgeport VMC 1000 equipped with a high-speed spindle for five-axis machining of electrodes and die inserts.
The CRDM intends eventually to establish a national school of tool and die manufacture at the college.