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Research Center for Die and Mold Technology

Role of the Research Center for Die and Mold Technology

The Basic Research Division (Faculty of Engineering, Morioka City) of the Research Center for Die and Mold Technology was established in February, 2003 and the Application Research Division (in Kitakami Office Plaza, Kitakami City) in May, 2003. This research center is the first out of Japanese colleges and universities to deal with die and mold technology. Administration of the Application Research Division is supported by Kitakami City.
The research center covers the following die-and-mold-related subjects: development of advanced technology, establishment of an international base, provision of cutting-edge research results to industries in the region, fostering advanced experts and researchers, improvement in international competitiveness for industries in the region through the development of new technology and products.

Research Outline

The Application Research Division is conducting a study of "fine and ultraprecision press technology" and "micro molding machines," aiming to develop micro molding technology for the mass-production of products tens of micrometers in size, while conducting research on molding technology to meet the need of the region.
The Basic Research Division is conducting basic studies related to technological components to put the research results from the Application Research Division to practical use.

Research and Development Projects
  • Fine and ultraprecision press technology for low-formability-materials and its application to products
  • Micro molding machines
  • Mold release treatment and its evaluation
  • Mold maintenance and repair technology
  • Mold wear
  • CAD and CAE technology for precision press work
  • Product inspection technology based on image processing or AE method