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Published: 4/21/2017

3D printed tools are in production at Dassault Falcon Jet
The trend of employing polymeric additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing for composite tooling is growing.

Published: 3/7/2017

Making composite parts from 3D printed paper molds
Honda made autoclave-capable molds at one-tenth the cost of CNC-machined metal using Mcor's SDL technology.

Published: 7/21/2016

Three new 3D printing technologies for composites
Fiber-reinforced composite tooling, ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) and woven fiber composites are all now the realm of 3D printing.

Published: 5/16/2016

3-D printing autoclavable composite molds
The polymer additive manufacturing research team at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory reports that it has successfully fabricated autoclave-capable carbon fiber composite molds, manufact...

Published: 2/1/2016

Inflexion technology enables complex composite structures without fasteners
Spirit AeroSystems has developed production methods using rigid-flexible tooling for more affordable unitized composite aerostructures.

Published: 5/13/2015

Heated composites
LaminaHeat enables heated composite tools and new opportunities for composites via multifunctional structures.

Published: 2/18/2015

Quasi-isotropic, symmetrical fabric for tooling
Well-known in structural applications, this symmetric, balanced and quasi-isotropic fabric offers savings and opens opportunities in composites tooling.

Published: 1/21/2015

Composite tooling without oven or autoclave
No Oven No Autoclave technology has been demonstrated in tooling for NASA, including multiple thermal cycles and use for curing epoxy infused out-of-autoclave parts.