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  • Custom Mold & Design to host SPE Tour
  • Custom Mold & Design at MD&M Minneapolis 2018
  • Design-2-Part Show - Atlanta, Georgia, March 28-29, 2018
  • Custom Mold & Design featured in HAIMER blog
  • Custom Mold & Design is Celebrating 50 Years of Business Excellence!
  • MD&M East - New York, NY June 9-11, 2015
  • BIOMEDevice - Dec 3-4, 2014
  • Tour of Manufacturing, Oct 23-24, 2014
  • MD&M Minneapolis, Booth 1017, Oct 29-30, 2014
  • MD&M West - Anaheim, California, Feb 7-9, 2017
  • MD&M Minneapolis, Booth 1318, Nov. 4-5, 2015
  • MD&M Minneapolis, Booth 2014, Sept. 21-22, 2016
  • Paradigme Engineering has joined the New Team Family!
  • MD&M Minneapolis, Booth 2316, November 8-9, 2017
  • MD&M West - Anaheim, California, Feb 6-8, 2018

Custom Mold & Design hosting SPE Plant Tour

Have you been wanting to see our remarkable facility?  Here is your opportunity!

Custom Mold & Design, along with Teamvantage, is honored to be hosting the upcoming SPE Plant Tour on November 15, 2018.  Stay for networking and refreshments after the tours.

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 Custom Mold & Design hosting SPE Tour, November 15, 2018

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Join us at MD&M Minneapolis, October 31 - November 1, 2018!

Custom Mold & Design will be exhibiting at MD&M Minneapolis, October 31 - November 1, 2018.  Stop by booth 2212 to learn more about all Custom Mold & Design has to offer.

Use our promo code Special2212 for a FREE expo pass and 20% off conference pricing!

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As part of CMD - Precision Manufacturing Group, Custom Mold & Design will be exhibiting at the Design-2-Part Show in Atlanta, Georgia, March 28-29, 2018.  Please stop by booth 433 to learn more about all Custom Mold & Design has to offer.

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1/17/17: Five Ways HAIMER Shrink Fit Technology Maximizes Value

When you pay millions of dollars for the CNC machines in your shop, don’t you want to receive maximum payback from your investment? Equipment that sits idle costs money; as does equipment intended to run lights-out, that can’t.

Custom Mold and Design, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, knew accuracy was ultimately a problem hampering their productivity on eight machines that produce small medical components. Most of the jobs they run require cutting tools with diameters smaller than 2mm, working in hardened materials such as P20, S7, A2 and H13 tool steel.


With collet holders, maintaining runout accuracy was a major challenge. Part of the problem was the collet design that allowed dirt and chips to collect and remain in the holder, even after time-consuming cleaning procedures. Even minute particles of debris were enough to create uneven clamping pressure, which ultimately led to inconsistent runout accuracy. This inaccuracy had a direct impact on both productivity (slower machining speeds and rework) and tool life.

The goal was to bring out the full potential of their CNC machines by increasing: 1) accuracy, 2) finish, 3) productivity, 4) repeatability, and 5) tool life. Like many companies, Custom Mold and Design turned to HAIMER shrink fit technology to make it happen. Ten years ago, they purchased a HAIMER Power Clamp Mini with BT40, HSKA-32 and HSKA-63 toolholders to address the aforementioned needs.  

“We wanted to run lights out, and the collets we were using just didn’t have the runout accuracy and balance properties we needed,” said Gregg Virnig, the firm’s Hard Milling Specialist. “We bought the HAIMER shrink fit equipment and never looked back.”

Here are reasons why Custom Mold and Design gives such positive feedback on the HAIMER shrink fit system:


“Even a slight error in runout makes a big impact on the smaller parts we make,” Virnig commented. “With the shrink fit, we saw a notable reduction in benching.” The amount of rework needed to bring out-of-tolerance parts back into specification decreased, thereby helping Custom Mold’s throughput by getting the next job in queue on the machine faster.


HAIMER shrink fit technology is so accurate that Custom Mold and Design uses the toolholders for all operations, both roughing and finishing. The improvement in surface finish quality has reduced secondary polishing operation times by 30%.


Higher and repeatable runout accuracy enabled Custom Mold and Design to increase cutting speeds by 10% across the board, resulting in a 10% reduction in cycle times. Furthermore, because extensive cleaning processes for collets and collet chucks were eliminated, tool changeover times were drastically reduced, and machine utilization increased. “With shrink fit, it’s easy,” Virnig mentioned, “you just put the tool in and you go.”


Custom Mold and Design appreciates the fact that HAIMER toolholders have a consistent 0.0001” runout accuracy. No moving mechanical parts means no components to wear out and cause unpredictable accuracy problems. In fact, Custom Mold is still using the first HAIMER tools they bought ten years ago, with no sign of any degradation. They know this because the company etches the purchase date on each toolholder. This means that each holder has been through hundreds, if not thousands of shrink cycles, with performance the exact same as new. And it is this absolute repeatability that helps ensure they can run parts lights-out.

Tool Life

Custom Mold and Design nets significantly more tool life from their end mills in HAIMER shrink fit. This is because the same TIR accuracy that ensures geometric part accuracy also inherently improves the life of the cutting tool as well. Every degree of runout accuracy gained helps further prevent uneven edge wear, thus extending the life of their high performance carbide cutting tools.

Closing in On Perfection

Fine tuning a CNC machine for maximum speed and the capability for lights out machining means controlling a wide variety of elements. The inherent benefit of HAIMER shrink fit technology is that it virtually eliminates the toolholder as a variable for error. This repeatable quality allows operators to establish a solid baseline from which they can really begin to fine tune their machining processes and maximize efficiency. 



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Custom Mold & Design is Proudly Celebrating 50 Years of Business Excellence!

  Custom Mold & Design was founded in 1965 for the purpose of manufacturing plastic injection molds.  A high quality product, superior service to the customer and a dedication to the well-being of each employee has always been our goal. Today we continue to operate under that same philosophy and ideology. We employ the very best, highly dedicated engineers and mold manufacturers with combined industry experience in excess of 1000 years! 

Currently, we are proud to be an industry leader in designing and building fully interchangeable, fast-cycling, high-precision injection molds, including multi-cavity, two-shot, metal injection, silicone, micro-molds, and ceramic molds.  We serve a wide range of industries including medical, aerospace, consumer products and electronics.  Our experienced craftsmen work with the best machinery, tooling, and software, to provide you a single source for all of your molds, maintenance, fixturing, and machined component needs.  Custom Mold & Design is a mold maintenance provider, ToolingDoc certified, ISO 9001:2008 certified, AS9100C certified and ITAR registered.

In more recent years, we created a specialized division called CMD Express.  We created this factory within a factory team to better serve our customers’ growing needs for quick turn, low cavitation tooling; ultra-precision machined components and assemblies; and to provide advanced mold maintenance services.  In addition, CMD Express provides wire and sinker EDM operations, precision milling, first article inspection as well as Swiss machining.

In conjunction with our sister company Teamvantage, Custom Mold & Design provides one-stop, fully integrated turn-key manufacturing solutions.  We begin by providing part design assistance.  Once the part design is complete, we offer mold design and fabrication services, molding process development and automation through full installation into your facility. We also specialize in cold deck manufacturing for liquid silicone molds and have 5-axis machining to provide close-tolerance manufacturing solutions.

Our purpose for existence is to help our customers find creative solutions to their manufacturing challenges, whether the opportunity involves molded or machined components, tooling, fixturing or contract manufactured assemblies. 

In conjunction with the start of its 50th year in business, Custom Mold & Design is celebrating the expansion into a newly renovated, 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.  This new expansion in plant and equipment will allow us to continue to serve our customers now and well into the future.

Thank you,
Custom Mold & Design





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Custom Mold & Design will be exhibiting at MD&M East in New York, NY June 9-12, 2015. Please stop by booth 451 to learn more about all Custom Mold & Design has to offer.

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Posted on September 22, 2014

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Teamvantage will be exhibiting at BIOMEDevice San Jose, California December 3-4, 2014. Please stop by and see us at booth 200.

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Posted on September 2, 2014

2014 Statewide Tour of Manufacturing October 23-24, 2014

Minnesota dream it. DO IT.

Manufacturing will always be the backbone of our economy here in Minnesota, and we want to keep it that way. That’s what the dream it. DO IT. campaign is all about. With thousands of employees working in more than 100 manufacturing businesses, we need to spread the word about the great careers in manufacturing available to the next generation of entrepreneurs and creative thinkers.

Custom Mold & Design Molding will be hosting tours of its world class mold and machined components manufacturing site on Thursday, October 23rd and Friday October 24th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Go to to sign up for a tour.


Custom Mold & Design will be exhibiting at MD&M Minneapolis October 29-30, 2014. Please stop by booth 1017 to learn more about all Custom Mold & Design has to offer.

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Custom Mold & Design will be exhibiting at MD&M West in Anaheim, California February 7-9, 2017. Please stop by booth 2870 to learn more about all Custom Mold & Design has to offer.

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Custom Mold & Design will be exhibiting at MD&M Minneapolis November 4-5, 2015. Please stop by booth 1318 to learn more about all Custom Mold & Design has to offer.

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Custom Mold & Design will be exhibiting at MD&M Minneapolis September 21-22, 2016. Please stop by booth 2014 to learn more about all Custom Mold & Design has to offer.

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January 30, 2017


Dear Friends,

Teamvantage and Custom Mold & Design are pleased to announce the addition of a third company to our corporate family.  We have purchased a company called Paradigme Engineering, LLC.  The sale became official on January 03, 2017.

Paradigme brings a new level of technological expertise and expanded capabilities for the tooling side of our business.  We are now even better prepared to provide a variety of solutions to solve your difficult manufacturing challenges.  Paradigme is a best-in-class mold design and manufacturing company with 11 employees and a 13,500 square foot facility located in Becker, Minnesota.  With this addition, we can provide you with full part design, mold design and mold manufacturing support whether you need a prototype mold, bridge tool, low cavitation / high cavitation tooling solutions, and/or mold maintenance services.  We can deliver this support for micro molded parts all the way up to large format molding. 

Our three companies are ready and available to provide our unique brand of collaboration, by working directly with our customers, to find the ultimate solution for their manufacturing needs.  Whether you require molds for thermoplastic, elastomeric, silicone, MIM, ceramic or rubber materials, our cross functional team of experts can help you find the best technology based solution and assist you in bringing your product on line in the least amount of time.

If you prefer to outsource your molding needs, Teamvantage is a best-in-class molder and contract manufacturer for thermoplastic, elastomers and silicone materials.  In addition, Custom Mold & Design is fully positioned to provide you with low, medium and high volume machined components, assemblies, jigs and fixtures through our CMD Express parts division.

Another significant benefit to our organization and our customers is that former Paradigme owner, Jon Palmquist, is joining our corporate technology team to provide collaborative technical support and direction to assist in applying the latest technological innovations in support of our customer’s needs. The new addition of Paradigme makes us a completely integrated one stop shop for your prototype, low and high volume production needs.

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Custom Mold & Design will once again be exhibiting at MD&M Minneapolis November 8-9, 2017. Please stop by booth 2316 to learn more about all Custom Mold & Design has to offer.

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Custom Mold & Design will be exhibiting at MD&M West in Anaheim, California February 6-8, 2018. Please stop by booth 2870 to learn more about all Custom Mold & Design has to offer.

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