MOLDS/TOOLS

Infusion

Curve Works reaches milestone for modular builds of composite shell structures

Approach reduces cost by 40%, lead-time by 50% and material use by >70% compared to manufacturing in large, one-off mold.


Machining/Drilling

CMS debuts hybrid LFAM/milling machine

The machining specialist has developed the first iteration of Kreator, a large-format, thermoplastic composite 3D printer and five-axis milling machine for tooling and jigs.
#discontinuousfiber #autoclave

Glass Fibers

Large-scale, robotic-mounted 3D printer aims to expand AM size limits

Italy-based Caracol has developed an extrusion-based, robot-mounted 3D printer to scale up printing capabilities for high-performance aerospace tooling and industrial parts.
#trends #automation #discontinuousfiber

Machining/Drilling

CEAD and Belotti make large-scale additive composites manufacturing accessible for industry

Strategic partnership combines expertise of additive and subtractive manufacturing into single hybrid solution: BEAD.

Molds/Tools

ExOne acquisition accelerates expansion into 3D-printed tooling for composites

Patented 3D-printed sand tooling solution from Freshmade 3D applicable for composite layup, vacuum forming, compression molds, with 30-50% cost savings and design flexibility.
#layup

Big parts? Big tooling breakthrough

Electrically heated carbon fiber/PEEK/ceramic tooling and powdered epoxy resin system could revolutionize production of large composite aerospace structures.
#adhesives #autoclave #layup

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Videos / Podcasts

Molds/Tools

CMS debuts hybrid LFAM/milling machine

The machining specialist has developed the first iteration of Kreator, a large-format, thermoplastic composite 3D printer and five-axis milling machine for tooling and jigs.
#discontinuousfiber #autoclave

Molds/Tools

Mold release solutions for automotive composites

In this Digital Demo, Axel Plastics reviews mold cleaning, sealing and release solutions for leading use in automotive composites manufacturing processes, including SMC, BMC and RTM.
#outofautoclave

Aerospace

Invar, wire additive manufacturing expand aerocomposite tooling options

Invar facesheets and backing structures are candidates for large-format 3D printing to more quickly and efficiently produce aerostructures tooling.
#workinprogress #boeing

Aerospace

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Aircraft Design uses adaptive mold technology from Adapa

Reconfigurable mold aids development of digitally-manufactured composite parts for reduced-emissions transport vehicles.

Fabrics/Preforms

Braided preforms meet phase-change tooling

A program from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory adopts automated braiding and phase-change tooling for a complex geometry unmanned aircraft part.
#trends

Glass Fibers

3D printing large composite molds with a 5-axis CNC machine

Hungarian manufacturer uses CEAD Robot Extruder to cut composite tooling time and cost.
#layup #application #cuttingtools

Processes

DHSutherland partners with KleanVak for promotion of surface preparation technology

DHSutherland will promote France-based KleanVak’s mold preparation and solvent cleaning technology to customers in the Americas.

Molds/Tools

Curve Works reaches milestone for modular builds of composite shell structures

Approach reduces cost by 40%, lead-time by 50% and material use by >70% compared to manufacturing in large, one-off mold.
#sustainability

Marine

CEAD and Belotti make large-scale additive composites manufacturing accessible for industry

Strategic partnership combines expertise of additive and subtractive manufacturing into single hybrid solution: BEAD.

Molds/Tools

ExOne acquisition accelerates expansion into 3D-printed tooling for composites

Patented 3D-printed sand tooling solution from Freshmade 3D applicable for composite layup, vacuum forming, compression molds, with 30-50% cost savings and design flexibility.
#layup

Mass Transit

Shift2Rail issues call for molding tools to produce composite door, interiors demonstrators

Tenders for molding tools in EU project to manufacture composites using compression molding process or equivalent due by April 22, 2021.
#SHM #outofautoclave

Molds/Tools

Decision SA, Carboman Group unveil new direct mold tooling for aerospace applications

Material selection ensures tool surface and support structure match mold and part CTE for short lead times and highly stable direct molds at temperatures up to 180˚C.

Materials

UMaine awarded $2.8 million to accelerate AM wind blade development 

Additive manufacturing with bio-based, 100% recyclable feedstocks reinforced with wood can reduce construction time by six months and cut costs by 25-50%
#biomaterials #windblades

NEW PRODUCTS: MOLDS/TOOLS

Additive Manufacturing

CMS debuts hybrid LFAM/milling machine

The machining specialist has developed the first iteration of Kreator, a large-format, thermoplastic composite 3D printer and five-axis milling machine for tooling and jigs.
#discontinuousfiber #autoclave

Thermoplastics

DUNA introduces Corafoam tooling board product line

The 2-Ib polyurethane Corafoam HPT-35 makes for efficient production of prototypes, is non-toxic and can be applied to composite layup tooling.
#layup

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Janicki Industries

Janicki Industries is featuring its fast prototyping process for flyaway parts and tooling for urban air mobility (UAM) vehicle manufacturers.
#camx

Molds/Tools

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Symmetrix Composite Tooling

Symmetrix Composite Tooling Inc. is presenting its soft, composite tooling serving a variety of industries.
#camx

Core

Gurit features core materials, adhesives, resins, molds for wind, aerospace

Gurit is featuring its offerings and expertise for wind energy, composite tooling and lightweighting applications such as aerospace, rail, healthcare and marine. ​​​​​​
#regulation #workforcedevelopment #sustainability

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Plastics Unlimited

Plastics Unlimited is featuring its TEC (Tooless Engineered Composites) process.
#camx