Zone: Tooling Technology
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The molds used for forming composites, also known as tools, can be made from virtually any material. For parts cured at ambient or low temperature, or for prototyping, where tight control of dimensional accuracy isn’t required, materials such as fiberglass, high-density foams, machinable epoxy “boards” or even clay or wood/plaster models are often suitable. Tooling costs and complexity increase as the part performance requirements and the number of parts to be produced go up. High-rate production tools are generally made of robust metals that can stand up to repeated cycles and maintain good finish and dimensional accuracy.

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AIP Aerospace launches Ascent Aerospace CompositesWorld

Tooling specialist AIP Aerospace is launching Ascent Aerospace, which will consist of Ascent Tooling Group and Ascent Integration & Automation Group.

CAMX 2014 preview: University of Dayton Research Institute CompositesWorld

Composites and polymers research specialist University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI, Dayton, Ohio, USA) is featuring a tooling material fabricated via the fused deposition modeling (FDM) additive manufacturing process.

CAMX 2014 preview: Spintech CompositesWorld

The Smart Tooling division of Spintech LLC (Xenia, Ohio, USA) will feature its Smart Bladder and Smart Mandrel Tooling solutions at CAMX.

CAMX 2014 preview: Composite Design Solution CompositesWorld

Composites engineering specialist Composite Design Solution (CDS, Pooler, Ga., USA) is emphasizing at CAMX 2014 its partnership with BigHorn Composites as its manufacturing provider.

Coast Composites, Odyssey Industries add machining capabilities for large molds CompositesWorld

Coast Composites and Odyssey Industries each have recently acquired a Parpas America high-velocity 5-axis milling machine for aerospace mold manufacturing.

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