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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IKONICS Advanced Material Solutions (AMS; Duluth, MN, US) has developed PAM (precision abrasive machining) technology for perforating composites and other brittle materials while minimizing substrate compromise.CAMX 2015 preview: CoreHog CompositesWorld
CoreHog (Valencia, CA, US) is featuring at CAMX its full line of composite machining tools.CAMX 2015 preview: Cool Clean Technologies CompositesWorld
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CGTech (Irvine, CA, US) will present a software developer’s perspective on implementing programming and simulation software for automated layup equipment.