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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Chemlease Japan KK is now Chem-Trend Japan KK CompositesWorld

Chem-Trend Japan will have the same location and team that has been serving customers across Japan for many years.

Some predictions for 2017 CompositesWorld

We will see even greater progress in 2017 than we saw in 2016, some surprising, some long awaited.

General Plastics promotes Mitchell Johnson to company president CompositesWorld

Effective Jan. 1, 2017, Johnson succeeds Bruce Lind as president of General Plastics. Lind, who has led General Plastics as president for the last seven years, becomes chairman of the board.

AMRC develops composite robotic machine tool CompositesWorld

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HAPS-free mold release CompositesWorld

Chem-Trend (Maisach, Germany), a manufacturer of high-performance release agents, purging compounds and other ancillary molding products, has announced additional health, safety and environment (HSE) benefits for its Chemlease EZ Series product line, including semi-permanent sealers, release agents and cleaners for all composites applications worldwide.

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