CAMX 2018 preview: Smartech
Appears in Print as: 'Reusable vacuum bagging materials'
Smartech (Charlotte, NC, US) is introducing Steinbach’s reusable vacuum bagging materials. The materials are said to pair high elongation with tear resistance to make vacuum forming and infusion processes easier and more cost-efficient. Steinbach offers a variety of reusable silicone vacuum bag materials in sheet form or as a two-sided, sealed bag. Booth M53.
There are numerous methods for fabricating composite components. Selection of a method for a particular part, therefore, will depend on the materials, the part design and end-use or application. Here's a guide to selection.
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