Quality tooling is a fundamental requirement for the manufacture of composite parts. This is due to the fact that every step in the composite part manufacturing process must be tightly controlled to ensure superior material properties and predictable performance in the final product.
This program, part of the Fundamentals of Tool Design video series, explores the composite materials used for tooling, and tooling design.
The Tooling Materials segment details the wide variety of materials used to create composite tooling, including:
The Tooling Design segment highlights mold, die, and mandrel tooling design for a variety of composite processes:
Support tools are also featured, including: ply and core kit-cutting templates, ply and core locator templates, trim fixtures, drill jigs and fixtures, and tooling supports.
By Philip D Rufe
By Ahmad K Elshennawy, Gamal S Weheba, PhD