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Vacuum Infusion Processing

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…

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…

Shaping the automotive industry with vacuum infusion composites

Automotive manufacturers have a lot of demands to meet. Their consumers want quality products at affordable prices, while investors want to make profits. This means that automotive manufacturers need to use the most optimal methods for producing quality automotive components. The automotive industry uses a lot of composite materials in its structural and mechanical components, Read More…

Why aerospace industries are learning to love the vacuum infusion process

The low weight and high strength of composites make them optimal for aerospace and aviation technology. Composites are commonly used in structural components of aircraft, as well as in the mechanical components. When producing composites to meet the demands of the aerospace and aviation industries, manufacturers must turn to the best methods. This is why Read More…

Composite wings are easier to produce with vacuum infusion

Aircraft manufacturers have discussed using composite processes that don’t require an autoclave to speed up component production. Now, composite wings are being produced using a completely out of autoclave (OOA) process called vacuum infusion. Why vacuum infusion speeds up composite wing production Vacuum infusion is a process that uses a mold and vacuum bag to Read More…

Vacuum bag process helps create composite prosthetics

Composites are created using a variety of processes. One of the most common composite production processes is the vacuum bag process, which is also known as vacuum bagging. Composites can be created in a variety of helpful forms using this process, including composite prosthetic limbs for the physically handicapped. How vacuum bag process helps create Read More…

Case Study: Closed Mold Process Used on Innovative Combine Grain Extension Covers

The closed mold process is a method of working with resin that delivers many benefits. These include reduced waste and emissions, lower material and disposal costs, a more consistent, repeatable process, and reduced cycle times for higher productivity and lower labor costs. When dealing with composites, closed mold processes like light resin transfer molding (RTM), Read More…

Starting Resin Infusion

Before vacuum infusion processing (VIP or resin infusion), there was vacuum bagging. With vacuum bagging, a laminate is first wet out through an open mold type process, then covered in plastic and sealed. A vacuum is then pulled, which helps consolidate the laminate and pull out air and excess resin. From vacuum bagging came vacuum Read More…

Introduction to Vacuum Infusion

The vacuum infusion process (VIP) is a production process used to make parts out of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRP). Vacuum infusion uses negative pressure to pull-out air, while impregnating the reinforcement with resin. How VIP Works First, dry materials are place on either a male or female mold surface. Often, stitched or woven fabrics used, and Read More…