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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CCTI has built molds for the student team's new composite chassis design for 2015 and opens its doors for student fabrication of the lighter weight car body.

Water-based, semi-permanent release agent CompositesWorld

Chem-Trend introduced at JEC Zyvax TakeOff, a water-based, semi-permanent release agent developed for the production of components for the aerospace industry.

At JEC Europe 2015: Chem-Trend CompositesWorld

This Howell, MI, US-based international mold-preparation products supplier, through Maisach, Germany-based Chem-Trend (Deutschland) GmbH, introduced Zyvax TakeOff release agent.

Looking for Lindberghs CompositesWorld

Every paradigm-shifting invention throughout human history has been met with skepticism. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan says the composites industry has need of those willing to attempt what most believe impossible.

Incremental thinking just won’t cut it! CompositesWorld

Composites industry consultant and regular CW columnist Dale Brosius says if this industry is to have a future that goes anywhere profitable, then we've got to get off the road we're on and map out a whole new way to think about the tasks at hand.

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