Tooling design for composite manufacturing fundamentals such as laminate bulk factor, tooling thermal compensation, and tooling tolerance/surface finish are often discussed, but not well understood nor properly deployed. Likewise, in processing composites, various factors impacting part quality like reliable seal/bagging strategy, cure cycle, breathing strategy, etc. all need to be considered during the design stage.
Using an actual case study of a multi shear web integrated control surface, Smart Tooling will review the application of the above fundamentals enabling successful complex composite fabrication.
- Understand/apply bulk & scale factors, cure optimization, & ply design
- Understand/apply advanced vacuum-bagging techniques
- Understand/apply laminate design
Vice President of Engineering, Spintech Holdings, Inc.