Touchstone Research Laboratory

Provides custom composite tooling solutions from prototype to production tools, utilizing the company's carbon foam technology (CFOAM). Provides a full spectrum of products, from foam blocks, machining and autoclave services to turnkey tools and tooling build support.

1142 Middle Creek Rd.
The Millenninum Centre
Tridelphia, WV 26059 US

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SAMPE ’08 technology showcase
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SAMPE Keynote

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Product Categories of Touchstone Research Laboratory

Tools/tooling materials
  • Tools
    • Cast
    • Graphite, cast
    • Graphite, monolithic
    • Hybrid materials
    • Integrally heated
    • Prototype
    • Composite
      • Composite, carbon fiber/epoxy
      • Composite, prepreg
      • Composite, other
  • Mandrels
    • Mandrels, other
  • Tooling equipment, materials and supplies
    • Backup structures
    • Master pattern material, other
    • Monolithic graphite
Testing, gauging, monitoring, analytical equipment and software
  • Fatigue-testing equipment
  • Flexural testers
  • Hardness testers
  • Impact-testing equipment
  • Modulus testers
  • Surface analyzers
  • Temperature monitoring equipment
  • Thermal analysis instruments
Fabricating services
  • Thermoplastic materials
    • Hand layup
  • Thermoset materials
    • Hand layup
    • Prototyping
Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, aircraft interior
  • Aerospace, fuselage/wing
  • Aerospace, radomes
  • Armor, ceramic
  • Armor, composite
  • Automotive, body panels & substructures
  • Automotive, interior (seats, IPCs, floor panels, etc.)
  • Carbon/carbon composites
  • Ceramic matrix composites
  • Flywheels, composite
  • Laminate panels, with core
  • Laminate sheets, solid
  • Marine, boat (hulls, decks, bulkheads, etc.)
  • Metal matrix composites
  • Pressure vessels
  • Profiles
  • Rods
  • Tubes
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • Expert witness
  • Inspection services
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design