MOLDS/TOOLS

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.

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Molds/Tools

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

Automotive

Composites mold manufacturer, BBG, is finalist for Germany’s best toolmaker 2020

Smart molds for Industry 4.0 applications key to its recognition in “Excellence in Production” competition.
#automation #composites4_0

Molds/Tools

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.

Molds/Tools

Trelleborg launches high-temperature tooling material for direct-to-part manufacture

The tooling material has operating temperature of up to +180ºC, low CTE, offers an alternative to aluminum, prepreg and steel for high-volume part production.

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

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

Molds/Tools

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

Automotive

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.

Additive Manufacturing

Composites 4.0: digital assistants, edge computing and the future of smart factories

Plataine reviews developments and discusses where composites manufacturing is headed.
#infrastructure #layup #workforcedevelopment

Aerospace

Composites at AeroDef 2018

Highlights from the Aerospace Defense Manufacturing Conference – AeroDef 2018 include new technologies for tooling, drilling/machining and inspection of advanced composites.
#cuttingtools #peek #workforcedevelopment

Molds/Tools

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

Aerospace

Composites mold manufacturer, BBG, is finalist for Germany’s best toolmaker 2020

Smart molds for Industry 4.0 applications key to its recognition in “Excellence in Production” competition.
#automation #composites4_0

Molds/Tools

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.

Molds/Tools

Trelleborg launches high-temperature tooling material for direct-to-part manufacture

The tooling material has operating temperature of up to +180ºC, low CTE, offers an alternative to aluminum, prepreg and steel for high-volume part production.

Molds/Tools

Thermwood demonstrates novel 3D printing approach for large vessel molds

Thermwood 3D-printed and trimmed five-foot-tall sections that were then bound together and bolted to form a complete female mold. The entire mold section, made of four printed pieces, weighs 4,012 pounds and required 65.5 hours to print.
#layup

Defense

F-35 Lightning program adopts closed molding technology

Reduced manufacturing time and high part-to-part dimensional repeatability are some benefits of Matrix Composites’ HiRPM molding technology. 
#f-35 #lockheedmartin #cuttingtools

NEW PRODUCTS: MOLDS/TOOLS

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

Molds/Tools

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

Carbon Fibers

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

Molds/Tools

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: RAMPF Group

RAMPF Group Inc. is presenting its full range of model, mold and tool engineering materials for the automotive, marine and aerospace industries.
#adhesives #cuttingtools #layup