Composites molding specialist RocTool (Le Bourget du Lac, France) announced on Sept. 25 that it has developed several new technologies for the manufacture of large-volume composite housings for electronics, automotive and luxury cosmetic industries.
New technologies include D-IMD Digital In-Mold Decoration from start up firm Zomazz. It features a high-quality surface and good scratch resistance. RocTool is also partnering with injection molding machine manufacturer Engel for the production of a carbon fiber composite part over-molded with plastic, combining the advantages of both materials without specific finishing. The process will be demonstrated at the 2013 K show in Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct. 16-23.
“Our hybrid technology is the only one on the market that can produce carbon parts at such a high rate. This live demonstration will produce 400 overmolded parts per day and is a must-see on the Engel stand,” says Alexandre Guichard, RocTool’s CEO.
Finally, RocTool has also developed a process for the manufacture of an electronic tablet cover that is 0.8 mm thick, features fiber reinforcement and emerges from the mold ready to use and does not require painting.