Many composite parts, once molded, are not net shape and must be machined or cut to meet finished dimensions. Some parts require drilling to accommodate fasteners and other hardware. Machine tools designed to cut composites are used in such applicaitons.
Although cooling towers traditionally have been made with wood and concrete, composite materials are gaining acceptance due to their corrosion and rot resistance, light weight and ease of installation.
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Distributor Technology Marketing Inc. (TMI, Salt Lake City, UT, US) offered at SAMPE 2015 several new products for composites fabricators.SGS Tool Co. opens new end mill plant in Ohio CompositesWorld
Solid carbide cutting tool specialist SGS Tool Co.'s new end mill facility in Cuyahoga Falls will produce more than 8,000 end mills a day.Ikonics adds more space for its materials business unit CompositesWorld
The new production floor will be able to accommodate five robots as well as other automated equipment for machining carbon fiber composites and more.Sandvik Coromant, Mitis develop vibration-assisted drilling CompositesWorld
Cutting tool specialist Sandvik Coromant has teamed up with drilling equipment specialist Mitis Engineering to develop a vibration-assisted drilling process for stacked composites.Universal holding fixture for fast automatic positioning CompositesWorld
CMS Industries patented its 5-axis holding fixture with pan and tilt pogos that can automatically position large parts or tools.