MOLDS/TOOLS

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.

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Additive Manufacturing

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

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

Compression Molding

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

Aerospace

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.

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

Automotive

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

Additive Manufacturing

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

Additive Manufacturing

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.

Wind/Energy

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

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.

Additive Manufacturing

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

Aerospace

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.

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

NEW PRODUCTS: MOLDS/TOOLS

Molds/Tools

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

Glass 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

CAMX Expo

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