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Tacoma, WA 98409 US

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General Plastics to Spotlight Cost-Saving Core Materials for Light-Weighting Applications at JEC World

Nadcap-certified manufacturer of high-performance polyurethane foam products will also showcase its  RF-2200 Dielectric Foam Series for radio-frequency applications and expanded production capabilities.

Tacoma, Wash. – March 2, 2018 – General Plastics Manufacturing Company, a composites industry pioneer and global supplier of rigid and flexible polyurethane foam products, will participate in JEC World 2018, taking place March 6-8 in Paris, France. It will welcome attendees of the leading international composites show to its booth, R45 in Hall 6, within the Washington State Pavilion. General Plastics will highlight product lines and capabilities that help design engineers satisfy demanding performance, process, quality and safety requirements while reducing weight and costs. Visitors will also be among the first to view its new LAST-A-FOAM® RF-2200 Dielectric Foam Series, composite core materials developed specifically for radomes and other radio-frequency applications.

Dielectric Core Material

JEC 2018 attendees will be able to examine samples of the new LAST-A-FOAM® RF-2200 Dielectric Foam Series, which was designed to provide electrically insulating, RF-transparent protection for antennas, radomes and communications systems. Its high Tg (exceeding 350º) accommodates the thermal curing processes and BMI resins typically used for composite prepregs. Further, the material remains dimensionally stable and are easy to machine, does not absorb water, preserving its dielectric performance even under harsh conditions. Customers may specify densities to satisfy their particular requirements. Standard densities are 3, 4 and 6 pcf. Custom densities are also available.

Rigid Foam Sheets, Blocks and Molded Parts

General Plastics’ signature LAST-A-FOAM® rigid foam series for aerospace, transportation, tooling, communications and other composite applications, are renowned for their exceptional uniformity, versatility, durability and strength. Depending on their application specifications, customers benefit from a wide spectrum of products and the technical expertise of General Plastics’ professionals.

The FST/OSU-compliant FR-3800 FST rigid foam series has demonstrated its value as composite core for commercial aerospace interiors. It is used successfully as a high-performance, low-cost replacement for expensive raw materials, such as honeycomb within nonstructural panels and decorative aluminum parts. Beyond its flammability, safety and strength-to-weight properties, these foams are easy to machine, bond securely with composite skins, and are thermoformable under specific conditions. The FR-3800 FST and the FR-6700 series, which also complies with many aerospace specifications, may be supplied as complex molded or cast parts. The FR-4700 tooling board series is well-suited for high-temperature tooling applications due to its ability to withstand peak temperatures up to 400°F. Other aircraft interior applications include sandwich core for ceiling, wall, door and cabin class divider panels, plus decorative flyaway parts and edge closeouts. Increasingly, customers in other transportation industries are taking advantage of these advanced foam products to conserve weight and costs without sacrificing performance.

In-House Production Services

General Plastics readily scales production from small runs of specialty parts to 100,000 for OEM and Tier 1 and Tier 2 parts programs in its high-capacity Tacoma facility. With the recent purchase of additional thermoforming equipment, the company is producing more complex parts that are ready to install. Its one-stop services extends from part and tool design to 5-axis CNC machining, manufacture of mold tooling, and production of parts through all phases to delivery, regardless of whether they are produced from molded or machined foam. JEC 2018 attendees will have the ability to discuss General Plastics’ parts production capabilities and see how they can streamline their manufacturing processes and meet their schedules while removing excess costs from their supply chain. 

About General Plastics Manufacturing Company   

Tacoma, Washington-based General Plastics Manufacturing Company has been a leading innovator in the plastics industry for more than 75 years. The company develops and manufactures rigid and flexible polyurethane foam products, which include its signature LAST-A-FOAM® brand series and build-to-print composite parts.

Directly or through its network of distributors, General Plastics serves the aerospace and defense, nuclear packaging, composite core, prototype and modeling, construction, dimensional signage, testing and marine industries. General Plastics is certified to ISO 9001:2008/AS9100C, Nadcap-accredited (AC7130 Rev. A and AC7130/1 Rev.), and meets the rigorous demands of numerous leading quality systems, which include NQA-1, Mil-I-45208A and Boeing Company D6-82479. Please visit www.generalplastics.com.

A Message from General Plastics Mfg. Co.

A One-Stop Shop for Turning Polyurethane Materials into a Final Product

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General Plastics Manufacturing Company Receives “Supplier Of The Year” Award From Boeing

 General Plastics Manufacturing Co., a supplier of high-performance polyurethane foam products and built-to-print composite parts, was recognized by The Boeing Company as Supplier of the Year in the Outstanding Performance category.

Machining vs Cast Molding: Choosing the Best Manufacturing Method to Process Polyurethane Foam

THE SURPRISING IMPACT OF MATERIAL PROCESSING When it comes to creating new products, most manufacturers agree that solidifying a bulletproof design and selecting the right materials are critical to the project’s success.

Reduce Costs and Develop More Accurate Tooling with PU Foam

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General Plastics to Showcase Newly-Launched High-Temp, Low CTE Tooling Board at JEC World 2019 in Paris, France

General Plastics to Showcase Newly-Launched High-Temp, Low CTE Tooling Board at JEC World 2019 in Paris, France Polyurethane foam innovator will also highlight various composite applications of its high-performance LAST-A-FOAM® rigid and flexible polyurethane foam Tacoma, Wash. – February 19, 2019 - General Plastics Manufacturing Company, manufacturer of LAST-A-FOAM® rigid and flexible polyurethane foam sheet stock, built-to-print composite assemblies and finished custom parts, will be at the JEC World 2019 Composites Show in Paris, France on March 12 – 14, 2019.

Fast, Economical Tooling Options for Prototyping and Custom Builds

For manufacturing industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine, and wind energy, prototyping is a familiar part of the product development process, commonly used for R&D testing, product demonstrations, and regulatory certifications.

How Light Can You Go? 3 Ways to Push the Boundaries of Automotive and Aerospace Lightweighting

Fuel economy is a hot topic for both manufacturers and consumers.

General Plastics Launches High-Temperature, Low CTE LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4800 Tooling Board

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4800 offers a dimensionally stable, thermally superior tooling foam as a viable material alternative to metallic tooling.

General Plastics President/CEO Mitchell Johnson, Ph.D., to Speak on Leadership Panel at the Foam Expo Conference March 26 – 28, 2019

Mitchell Johnson, Ph.D., President/CEO of General Plastics Manufacturing Company will be one of the speakers at the leadership panel, Reducing Material & Equipment Cost While Improving Foam Capabilities, on March 26, 2019, 10:00 am, Track 1, at Foam Expo North America in Novi, Michigan. “The topic is timely given the current market pressures caused by increasing cost of raw materials while ensuring that we continue to deliver quality products,” said Dr.

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General Plastics Awarded AS9100 Revision D Quality Management System Certification

Polyurethane foam innovator extends its quality process commitment beyond products to entire customer experience and assure compliance with multiple industry standards.

General Plastics to Feature its FST/OSU-Compliant Rigid Foam Series, Lightweight Core Materials and Custom Molded Flyaway Parts at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2018

Polyurethane foam innovator and producer of flame-retardant, lightweighting core materials for aerospace applications will also present its expanded production capabilities and dielectric foam series for radio-frequency applications.

General Plastics Features its New Polyurethane Dielectric Material with High Thermal Processing Properties at CAMX 2017

General Plastics Manufacturing Co., global supplier of high-performance polyurethane foam products and composite parts, will be at booth R46 to showcase the new LAST-A-FOAM® RF-2200, a lightweight material that provides an RF-transparent protective layer for radome and antenna applications.

General Plastics Manufacturing Company Awarded Nadcap Accreditation

General Plastics received Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection for its Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)  TACOMA, Wash. – September 25, 2017 – General Plastics Manufacturing Company, global supplier of high-performance polyurethane foam products and composite parts, is proud to announce that it received the Nadcap accreditation for Measurement and Inspection (AC7130 Rev. 1), specifically for its Coordinate Measuring Machine (AC7130/1 Rev A.). The Nadcap designation allows General Plastics’ inclusion in the Performance Review Institute (PRI) Qualified Manufacturer’s List (QML), joining a group of only 61 companies in the nation to attain this standard.

Custom Rigid Molded Parts Ace Cost, Delivery and Detail Requirements

What do munitions storage structures, faux-wood shutters, kayak paddles and fuel floats have in common?

General Plastics’ Polyurethane Foams Chosen for Deep Space and Defense Applications

In 2016, Promontory, Utah, nozzle plugs made from General Plastics’ LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4300 played an important role in protecting rockets for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). General Plastics’ customer, Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, is producing the five-segment solid rocket boosters for the 322-foot SLS – the most powerful motors ever flown.

General Plastics Debuts Polyurethane Dielectric Material with High Thermal Processing Properties for RF Communications and Radome Applications

LAST-A-FOAM® RF-2200 series offers high-performance, lightweight insulative material with superb dimensional stability for protecting sensitive electronics in high-reliability environments.

Customer Success Video: How General Plastics helped Orbital ATK find a cost-effective product that met their specifications and their reliability and manufacturing system requirements.

Shaping Ideas into Flyaway Aerospace and Defense Solutions General Plastics’ LAST-A-FOAM® polyurethane foam products has a rich history in successful aerospace, military and defense applications, and have proudly supported companies like Orbital ATK in space travel and exploration.

General Plastics to Feature Fire, Smoke, Toxicity and OSU-Compliant Foam Series at SAMPE Seattle May 23-24

Locally-based leading manufacturer of flyaway polyurethane foams and build-to-print molded parts will also spotlight affordable, innovative core materials and tooling boards ideal for diverse aerospace applications.

General Plastics to Present Rigid and Flexible Foam Products and Flyaway Build-to-Print Parts at Aircraft Interiors Expo, April 4-6, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany

Polyurethane foam pacesetter also highlighting rigid and flexible molded parts and FAA-certified testing capabilities Tacoma, Wash. – March 30, 2017 – General Plastics Manufacturing Company, a recognized supplier of high-performance rigid and flexible foams and build-to-print parts to the aerospace industry, is looking forward to being a part of the Washington State Department of Commerce delegation at the 2017 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, April 4-6.

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7100 Multi-Use Foam Series: The economical, easy-shaping multitasker

General Plastics’ LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7100 multi-use polyurethane foam boards ably fill the bill for low-cost, easily finished, uniform stock material that won’t warp, twist or bow, whether under process or over time.

General Plastics to Showcase Rigid and Flexible Foam Products at JEC World To Address Composite Industry Challenges

Polyurethane foam innovator also highlighting its rigid and flexible molded parts and FAA-certified testing capabilities Tacoma, Wash. – February 21, 2017 - General Plastics Manufacturing Company, leading provider of high performance rigid and flexible polyurethane foam and build-to-print parts, will participate in this year’s JEC World International Composites Event in Paris, France on March 14 – 16, booth R39a in Hall 6.

In the Making: Padded and Flexible Parts for Aircraft Interior Applications

Extending from the flight deck in the fore to lavatories in the aft, General Plastics’ flexible polyurethane foam parts play integral yet unsung roles in today’s aircraft.

No Bones About It: Polyurethane Foam is a Better Medium for Orthopedic Models

Traditional Media and Their Drawbacks Common materials for orthopedic testing and education – most often, cadaver specimens, but also animal bones and wood – while utilitarian, are far from ideal for today's researchers and students.

General Plastics Announces the Promotion of Mitchell Johnson, Ph.D. to Company President as it Celebrates the Company’s 75th Year

Leading manufacturer known for research and development, quality systems and solving customers’ most vexing challenges is poised to advance new materials and expand in new markets TACOMA, Wash. – November 28, 2016 – General Plastics Manufacturing Company, a leading global supplier of rigid and flexible polyurethane foam materials and build-to-print parts, marks its 75th anniversary on December 1, 2016 with the announcement of the promotion of Mitchell Johnson, Ph.D. to company president.

GENERAL PLASTICS’ POLYURETHANE FOAM FILLS KEY ROLE IN GROUND TEST OF WORLD’S LARGEST SOLID ROCKET MOTOR FOR DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION

Manufacturer of rocket boosters for NASA's Space Launch System proves protective qualities of GP foam in nozzle closures THE APPLICATION:  Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.

General Plastics’ Rick J. Brown, Ph.D. to Present Paper on Crash and Fire Protection for Nuclear Transportation Containers September 20 at PATRAM 2016

Polyurethane foam innovator will also spotlight its flame-retardant foam series for nuclear material applications and transportation TACOMA, Wash. – September 12, 2016 – Nuclear Packaging Manager Rick J.

General Plastics' High-temperature Tooling Board Series

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4700 HT Tooling Board Series is a rigid, high-temperature, hybrid tooling board that is designed for prototype machining, prepreg composite lay-up tooling, vacuum form tooling, tool proofing, pattern making and master model making.

LAST-A-FOAM FR-6700 Aerospace Grade Series

LAST-A-FOAM FR-6700 is a flame-retardant rigid foam for aircraft composite core withstands process temperatures up to 250°F.

General Plastics' Flame-Retardant Polyurethane Foam Plays Pivotal Role in Successful Ground Test of World's Largest Solid Rocket Motor for NASA Space

LAST-A-FOAM FR-4306 polyurethane foam tapped for nozzle closures in Orbital ATK's five-segment rocket boosters for NASA missions to explore deep space.

Tooling Foam Empowered Creation & Test of Prototype Missile Aeroshell Cover at Mach 4+ Speed

DEFENSE SUBCONTRACTOR SLASHES THREE-FOURTHS OF ITS PROTOTYPING COSTS & TIME USING GP's MULTI-USE CORE FOAM The Application: Applied Aerospace Structures Corp. (AASC) specializes in the design, fabrication and testing of lightweight structural assemblies, focusing on high-performance engineered structures for space, aircraft and ground systems.

High-Temp Tooling Foam and Machining Services Help Aerospace Innovator Compress its Research and Development Cycle

General Plastics’ High-Temperature Tooling Foam and Machining Services Help Aerospace Innovator compress its Research and Development Cycle Faster True-to-Life Prototyping Speeds New Products to Market Thanks to Expertly Machined High-Temp Tooling Board The Application: Based in Everett, Wash., BLR Aerospace specializes in aerodynamic performance enhancements for helicopters and turbine-powered aircraft.

As Seen In CompositesWorld

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: General Plastics
General Plastics Manufacturing Co. is showcasing its new LAST-A-FOAM FR-4800 tooling board at its CAMX 2019 booth.

General Plastics' LAST-A-FOAM FR-4800 tooling board.

CAMX 2018 preview: General Plastics
General Plastics (Tacoma, WA, US) is featuring its new high-temperature, low-CTE LAST-A-FOAM FR-4800 tooling board.

General Plastics' LAST-A-FOAM 4800 tooling board.

General Plastics launches ultrahigh-temperature tooling board
General Plastics Mfg. Co. (Tacoma, WA, US) expanded its line of high-temperature tooling board materials with the introduction of LAST-A-FOAM FR-4800, an autoclave-capable, high-density epoxy-urethane foam designed for master plug manufacturing, tool proofing, vacuum form tooling, pattern making, and short-run production tooling applications.

 LAST-A-FOAM RF-2200

CAMX 2017 preview: General Plastics
General Plastics Mfg. Co. (Tacoma, WA, US) is showcasing its new LAST-A-FOAM RF-2200, a lightweight material that provides an RF-transparent protective layer for radome and antenna applications.

JEC World 2017 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center

JEC World 2017 exhibit preview
JEC World will be held March 14-16 in Paris. CW previews some of the products and technologies that will be at the show.

CAMX 2016 preview: General Plastics
General Plastics Mfg. Co. (Tacoma, WA, US) will feature its FR-3800 FST composite core series. Also featured will be its FR-4700 high-temperature tooling board.

JEC World 2016, the full report
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tooling

Tooling
Composite parts are formed in molds, also known as tools. Tools can be made from virtually any material. The material type, shape and complexity depend upon the part and length of production run. Here's a short summary of the issues involved in electing and making tools.

FST-compliant polyurethane foam cores
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CAMX 2015 preview: General Plastics
General Plastics Manufacturing Co. (Tacoma, WA, US) will highlight its fire, smoke, and toxicity- (FST) compliant polyurethane foam cores — the FR-3800 FST series — and its molded parts program.

CFRP camera boom enables safe spill inspection
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Composite tooling without oven or autoclave
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Pierce County trains skilled workers through collaborative curriculum building
Bruce Kendall, the president and CEO of the private, nonprofit Economic Development Board (EDB) for Tacoma-Pierce County (Wash.), reports on the success of a collaborative training curriculum development program that produces skilled workersfor the aerospace industry.

Tooling boards improve processes
In the composites industry, many parts are the product of one-off or few-of-a-kind production programs. In response, tooling material suppliers today provide an increasing variety of relatively inexpensive materials grouped under the heading of tooling board.

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Tooling Board

Taking Up Tooling Boards
Tooling Board ManufacturersEpoxy and polyurethane tooling boards are a standby for creating models or low-run-production tooling.

SAMPE exhibitors in Long Beach

SAMPE 2005 Product Showcase
SAMPE's U.S. Symposium and Exhibition highlights technological innovation and market expansion.

Blast protection

Blast protection for large structures
Hardening of public buildings against terrorist threats represents a potentially huge market for antiballistic composites.

Balsa wood, sorted by density, is sawn in preparation for gluing into core sheets.

Getting To The Core Of Composite Laminates
A wealth of low-cost core solutions are available for high-performance sandwich structures.

Product Categories of General Plastics Mfg. Co.

Adhesive bonding
Aerospace, aircraft interior
Aerospace, flight control surfaces
Aerospace, radomes
Automotive, body panels & substructures
Automotive, interior (seats, IPCs, floor panels, etc.)
Backup structures
Cast
Composite, carbon fiber/epoxy
Composite, fiberglass
Composite, other
Composite, prepreg
Cutting, finishing, and machining
Flame/smoke toxicity testing
Foam core, polyurethane
Honeycomb, foam-filled
Infrastructure, composite
Mandrels, other
Mandrels, segmented
Marine, boat (hulls, decks, bulkheads, etc.)
Marine, other
Master pattern material, other
Master pattern material, polymeric
Materials analysis
Moldmaking and patternmaking
Other fabricating services
Other tools/tooling materials
Prototype
Prototyping
Prototyping
Resin transfer molding (RTM)
Resin transfer molding (RTM)
RTM/resin infusion
Tooling board
Tooling prepreg
Urethane
Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)