CAMX 2014 preview: RAMPF

RAMPF Group Inc. (Wixom, Mich.) is presenting its RAKU-TOOL product portfolio for modeling and mold construction.

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RAMPF Group Inc. (Wixom, Mich.) is presenting its RAKU-TOOL product portfolio for modeling and mold construction. The polyurethane and epoxy resin materials are used at virtually all stages of product development, from design to manufacture. The portfolio includes:

  • Close Contour Castings: Delivered as a 3-D shape that is already a close contour of the final shape. The production process takes place in-house at RAMPF’s Close Contour Centre in Lake Forest, Calif. For this process, close cooperation between the customer and RAMPF is essential. Using the customer‘s areal data, a light close contour mold is machined. A release agent is then applied before the mold is filled using a special casting process. After demolding and post cure of casting, the casting is ready for machining.
  • Close Contour Paste is applied to a close contour shape supporting structure, cured, and then machined according to CAD data. The paste is suitable for design and styling, master models, cubing models, molds, jigs and fixtures, tools and many more modeling and tooling applications. RAMPF also offers a Close Contour Paste application service at its Close Contour Centre.
  • RAKU-TOOL Close Contour Paste CP-6131 will also be introduced at CAMX 2014. After post-curing, the paste has a temperature resistance of up to 170°C, making it possible to produce prepreg parts with high-quality mechanical properties. As well as the time saved by using the new paste for direct tooling (no original model is needed), the already seamlessly smooth surfaces, which can easily be high-gloss polished, do not have to be sealed. Heat is distributed quickly and evenly throughout the tool, and there are next to no limitations in the geometry of the components that can be produced.
  • RAMPF is also showcasing its RAKU-TOOL board materials. Modeling and styling boards are used for original, cubing and presentation models and for design and form studies, whereas working boards are used for metal forming, hammer forms, casting facilities, molds, checking fixtures and lay-up tools.

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