MOLDS/TOOLS

Molds/Tools

Industrial Fiberglass Specialties: From corrosion-resistant industrial pipes to specialty custom projects

Based in Dayton, Ohio, U.S., IFS recently developed an FRP console for the U.S. Air Force using a custom mold design and specialized paint.

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Molds/Tools

Coastal Enterprises finds opportunities amid coronavirus pandemic

The tooling board supplier says its U.S.-integrated supply chain and custom services have helped it overcome situational challenges for its customers.
#marketing #adhesives

Aerospace

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

Additive Manufacturing

Composites speed concrete facade fabrication

The 45-story One South First building, on the 11-acre Domino Park campus in Brooklyn, N.Y., features a geometrically complex concrete facade made, in part, with composite molds fabricated using large-format additive manufacturing.
#discontinuousfiber #workinprogress #cuttingtools

Automotive

Vertical Aerospace used Plyable to go from CAD to first flight in less than 90 days

Composite tooling specialist’s online portal, distributed manufacturing network and automated tool design helped optimize CFRP molding tools and timeline.
#electricvehicles #composites4_0

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.
#cuttingtools #peek #adhesives

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Molds/Tools

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

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

Molds/Tools

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

Testing

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.
#workforcedevelopment #adhesives #layup

Automotive

Stratasys debuts Robotic Composite and Infinite-Build 3D printers

The company says this new 3D printing technology produces larger, lighter production parts for aerospace and automotive.
#composites4_0 #boeing

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

Aerospace

Vertical Aerospace used Plyable to go from CAD to first flight in less than 90 days

Composite tooling specialist’s online portal, distributed manufacturing network and automated tool design helped optimize CFRP molding tools and timeline.
#electricvehicles #composites4_0

Consumer

JEC Group announces 2020 Innovation Awards winners

The 13 winners were announced during a virtual ceremony on May 13.
#trends #sustainability #bulkmoldingcompound

Carbon Fibers

Composite Advantage rehabilitates Atlanta pedestrian bridges

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FPR) is applied to pedestrian bridge infrastructure in Atlanta. The corrosion-resistant composite minimizes maintenance and provides a more durable surface. 

Compression Molding

Tooling Tech Group expands moldmaking facility

A 10,000-square-foot expansion to the Ohio-based thermoforming and compression mold manufacturing facility will be completed later this year.

Epoxies

AFRL evaluates braiding, SMP tooling and VARTM for lower-cost future engine inlet ducts

U.S. Air Force and Ohio-based composites team develop new process for S-shaped aerostructure.

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Molds/Tools

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. ​​​​​​
#adhesives #cyanateester #windblades

Molds/Tools

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

Molds/Tools

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Design Concepts

Design Concepts is emphasizing its closed mold applications for both tooling and manufacturing in the entertainment, simulation, aerospace and wind energy markets.
#windblades #camx

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc.

Weber will showcase a live nickel vapor deposition (NVD) out-of-autoclave demonstration for a Class A automotive body panel, demonstrating the tool’s rapid heating and cooling capabilities at CAMX 2019.
#autoclave #outofautoclave #camx

Molds/Tools

Cold Jet launches new dry ice blaster

Cold Jet’s PCS 60 dry ice blasting machine has been designed for precision, control and ease of use.
#composites4_0