Surface Generation Ltd.

Integrated production solutions for in-autoclave and out-of-autoclave processing. Turnkey and retrofittable mold tool, heating/cooling, sensing and control provide step changes in ramp rates (to 200°C/min), thermal performance (to 750°C), control (+/-0.5°C), quality control and energy consumption (<90%).

Brackenbury Ct., Lyndon Barns
Edith Weston Rd., Lyndon
Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8TW GB

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DARPA Tailorable Feedstock and Forming project for affordable composites

DARPA presents TFF program for low-cost composites for defense
Results reviewed at SAMPE 2019 show new materials and side-by-side comparisons of thermoset, thermoplastic, HP-RTM and press-forming, including PtFS molding cell.

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Tooling technologies positioned for speed, control
Tooling is one of the most rapidly evolving segments of the composites industry, as new technologies and processes like 3D printing, OOA infusion, thermoplastic composites reshape how molds are made.

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Surface Generation molding technology selected for Victrex parts-based programs
Surface Generation’s Production to Functional Specification (PtFS) technology manages multiple part areas during processing and drive reductions in the energy consumption, injection processing pressures and cycle times. 

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NCC and Surface Generation partner to demonstrate thermoplastic overmolding capabilities
The two companies together have produced a number of carbon fiber reinforced / PA6 automotive demonstrators which are due to be assessed by an automotive OEM.

Composites Overmolding conference agenda set
The Composites Overmolding 2018 conference will be held June 13-14, 2018, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Diamond Center, in Novi, Michigan.

SAMPE Europe's Summit 18 Conference
Well-produced and well-attended, this one-day conference slated the Monday before JEC World 2018 addressed topics as diverse as the place of artificial intelligence in the industrial factory and advances in architectural roof design.

SAMPE Summit 18 Paris: An information-packed, one-day conference
SAMPE Europe staged a successful and well-attended gathering, dubbed Summit 18, at the Pullman Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel on March 5.

Sir Alan Duncan (MP) and Ben Halford, chief executive of Surface Generation.

Surface Generation opens R&D center
The 10,000-ft2 facility is home to a workshop and research laboratory to develop advanced composite processing technologies and automated production techniques.

Reconfigurable tooling: Revolutionizing composites manufacturing
Shape-changing molds eliminate tooling for large 3D panels while automated assembly fixtures go modular, using metrology to reduce cost and shimming.

SGL Group leads research project for carbon fiber-based components for automotive serial production
The project aims to develop the technology of thermoplastic components for automotive serial production among all levels of the value chain.

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Quatro takes delivery of large Surface Generation mold system
Surface Generation's PtFS tooling system will be used by Quatro Composites to manufacture thermoplastic composite structures for a North American' aircraft program.

Pixelated temperature control
Surface Generation is providing digital process control for composites molding that cuts energy use, cycle time and processing pressures while breaking boundaries in thickness, complexity and embedded elements.

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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.

Surface Generation develops new composite press-forming processes
The process can be used by automotive and aerospace manufacturers for producing carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components.

Sigmatex awarded government funding
The carbon converter is part of a program to improve composite material adoption and lightweighting in the UK automotive sector, funded by AMSCI.

Tooling (2015)
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.

Tooling for composites: Evolutionary trajectory
New technologies and improved methods keep up as tools get bigger and more complex and toolmaking gets ever more challenging.

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SAMPE 2009 Product Showcase
Showgoers at the SAMPE 2009 Conference and Exhibiton in Baltimore, Md. found many suppliers undeterred by poor economic news. 

JEC Composites 2007 Product Showcase
This year’s Parisian exhibition provides key evidence of the composites industry’s unprecedented breadth and technical sophistication.

Product Categories of Surface Generation Ltd.

Primary manufacturing equipment
  • Other primary manufacturing equipment
Tools/tooling materials
  • Tools
    • Prototype
    • RTM/resin infusion
    • Resin injection
    • Metal
      • Metal, other
Fabricating services
  • Other fabricating services
  • Thermoplastic materials
    • Other thermoplastics fabricating services