Our company

Our historic enterprise, situated in the middle of the Appenine Mountains (a few kilometers away from Bologna), boasts experience of over 40 years in the design of die casting moulds and is now an important supplier for the main foundries in the region. To choose Officina Contini as a supplier for die casting moulds means to trust the most advanced and constantly up-to-date technologies on the market. Our technical department is equipped with the latest versions of CAD-CAM, tridimensional and CNC machines with drills and Renishaw presetting units.

Technical department

Officina Contini works independently, equipped with three updated CAD licenses (Cimatron E) and software programs for moulding kinematics and automatic mould assembly. Two people work together in the Technical department: on receipt of the mathematical model of the part from the client, they design the mould, conducting a feasibility study, including an analysis of part geometry, and critical parts (if dealing with structural moulds, such as those in the automotive sector). This analysis with an updated 3D image of the mould and images of the critical zones is sent to the customer to discuss technical feasibility and part filling. The actual product design is then started in collaboration with the foundry. We provide the 3D model – editable, but with no risk of losing the existing data. The pressure filling canals and the matrix and mould temperature regulation circuit are dimensioned. In collaboration with the enterprise “Ecotre” (Brescia, Italy, reseller of the specialized software “Procast”) the filling process is then simulated, using all program applications, to provide the customer with an immediate response on the final result, in terms of filling and air distribution in the mould, in order to optimize design. We consider the “Procast” program leader in the casting simulation software.


The Production department of Officina Contini manufactures moulds up to a maximum weight of 8000kg and dimensions up to 1000X1000X800. It is equipped with 10 CNC machines, all connected on a network accessible from all CAD stations, including roughing and finishing machines, machining centers for electrodes and for all standard spare parts (e.g. cylindrical plugs). The facilities are also fitted with the latest releases of two Delcam CAM stations (3 and 5 axes) and a Microsystem Cimatron CAM station. Two trained technicians control the entire programming cycle of the rough and finishing machines, and since 2011 we have also been equipped with three work stations programmed to work without human supervision.

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