Coastal Enterprises (Orange, CA, US), a manufacturer of Precision Board high-density urethane tooling board, will feature two new products at CAMX. Updated Precision Board with higher physical properties and improved machining characteristics is said to hold edges better and provide smoother tapers. Chip loading has also been improved, allowing concise speed and feed control. Samples will be available at Coastal’s booth.
New custom, machinable, Precision Board filament winding mandrels are now available in any square size from Coastal Enterprises. These custom mandrels enable producers of filament-wound tanks and cylinders to more easily accommodate last-minute design changes and help reduce machining time on prototype or low-volume projects. The center shaft is molded into the mandrel during manufacture, which Coastal says eliminates twisting or turning of the shaft during winding. Coastal does not charge for engineering the mandrel design. See a small-scale example of a custom-made mandrel in Coastal's booth.
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