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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Thermwood Corp. (Dale, IN, US), a manufacturer of 3- and 5-axis CNC routers, will emphasize its new program to develop a 3D additive manufacturing system capable of making large carbon graphite-reinforced composite thermoplastic components.CAMX 2015 preview: CGTech CompositesWorld
CGTech (Irvine, CA, US) will present a software developer’s perspective on implementing programming and simulation software for automated layup equipment.Large-format CNC routing for large CFRP parts CompositesWorld
5-axis CNC routers can provide fast, precision machining of increasingly larger parts, but also rapid payback.Cutting, routing tools; mold sealers CompositesWorld
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.