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Composites Tooling Stacks Up Against Metal Tools

As the composites manufacturing industry evolves, composites are more frequently used to make larger structures with complex geometries and increased tolerance requirements. The complexity of tooling needed to make these parts is also increasing with the demand for high-rate tools, along with keeping costs low and delivering shorter lead times. While composites tooling can be Read More…

Vacuum Bagging with Prepregs Processes Many Benefits

Prepreg processing is an out-of-autoclave composites manufacturing process that is used to make precision composites parts with reduced costs and emissions. The most common prepreg processing technique is vacuum bagging, used by industries including aerospace, marine, automotive, and wind energy. Prepreg processing is useful for high-demand applications where performance, weight, and mechanical properties are critical. Read More…

Aerovac Process Materials are Designed for Vacuum Infusion Success

The many benefits of closed mold processes vs. open molding are leading manufacturers in numerous industries to make the switch in their composites manufacturing processes. Transitioning to a closed mold process can result in reducing waste, emissions, material cost, and cycle times, as well as achieving a more consistent, repeatable process when it comes to Read More…

Maximizing Wind Energy Production with Vacuum Infusion

Wind turbines have three main components that are manufactured from composites—blades, nacelles and spinners, which are the hub of a wind turbine. Due, in part, to the high strength-to-weight ratio of composite materials, these parts increase the efficiency of the final wind turbine product. As an added benefit, the robust turbine parts last several years Read More…

Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) Results in High Strength Composites

The vacuum infusion process (VIP) is one of the best ways to build strong, consistent composite laminates while offering the environmental and worker advantages of a closed mold process with reduced emissions. The vacuum infusion process uses vacuum to drive resin into a laminate, creating parts with very high fiber content and high strength and Read More…

Light Resin Transfer Molding (LRTM) Proves Effective for Large Scale Projects

Many composites manufacturers have transitioned from open molding to closed molding processes to take advantage of the benefits of reduced waste and emissions, process consistency, automation and productivity, and reduced labor and cycle times. As opposed to open molding, in closed molding, dry fibers are placed in a mold, which is then sealed, and resin Read More…

Infusing Efficiency into Aerospace Production

Autoclave prepreg has long been the de facto process for most large and mid-sized aerostructures. Today, advancements in resin infusion processes are helping to produce composite-based structural aircraft components completely out of the autoclave and at up to one-tenth of the cost—and all the performance. Aircraft manufacturers have sought methods to expedite composites component production Read More…

Out-of-Autoclave Manufactures Major Benefits

The notion of composites is all about combining materials to achieve a result better than their original form. The same can be said for the production methods that are used to manufacture composites. As the applications for composites continue to evolve, so do the advanced processes that are used to make them. Out-of-autoclave composite manufacturing Read More…

How 5G is Fast Tracking the Use of Pultruded Composites in Urban Infrastructure

In our culture of bigger, better, faster, instant connectivity is the holy grail of network speeds, and it’s being brought to you by 5G, the next generation of wireless. It’s already available in major urban cities across the U.S. by the major wireless carriers. So, what’s so good about 5G? Its faster internet connections offer speeds Read More…

Resin transfer molding benefitting auto industry in 2019

Composite materials are made using a variety of processes. However, one process that may see increased use in the automotive industry in 2019 is resin transfer molding. The increase in the use of this process is primarily due to the benefits it offers to this industry. Some of the benefits resin transfer molding is bringing Read More…

Use of compression molding by auto industry picks up in 2019

Composites have been steadily making inroads into the automotive industry for years now. However, this year may see more composite components hitting the road than any other. Many composite parts are being developed or produced for 2019 vehicle models, and compression molding is one of the composite component production processes being used to create these Read More…

Why reusable bag molding to produce composite components

Composites have an important role in many industries. Automotive, industrial and energy industries all use composite parts for a variety of reasons. Composites are corrosion-resistant, lightweight, strong and easy to mold. However, producing composites can be messy and expensive if done with the traditional open molding process. Open molding is useful primarily for large scale Read More…

Making large composites with closed mold processes

While it’s possible and common to manufacture goods by connecting several composite components together, sometimes you need one large, solid material. Traditionally, large-scale composites would be produced using open molding. This is a flexible form of producing composites that can be used for a variety of large-scale materials. However, open molding results in material waste Read More…