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Composite Fabrication and Joining Methods

The Composite Fabrication & Joining segment features the use of cutting, machining and drilling to fabricate composite parts, as well as, adhesive bonding and mechanical fastening methods for joining composite components.

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Compression Molding

The use of compression molding in high volume, high quality composite parts production is featured prominently in this Compression Molding program. The various sheet, thick and bulk molding compounds are detailed as well as mold types used. The transfer molding process, which is a technological extension of compression molding is also highlighted. This program is part of an eight program Composites Manufacturing series.

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Manual Composite Layup & Spray Up

Manual composite layup and spray up are the most common methods of producing composite parts. This Manual Composite Layup & Spray Up program follows each process thoroughly, detailing each step from molds preparation through to the curing of finished layups and spray ups. The use of vacuum bag molding and autoclave molding to further consolidate layups and spray ups is also presented. This program is part of an eight program Composites Manufacturing series.

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Liquid Molding

This Liquid Molding program encompasses several process variations of typically low-viscosity resin systems which are used in the production of detailed, high quality composite parts. Just a few of the liquid molding processes featured includes: resin transfer molding and vacuum Infusion.

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Composite Tooling Design Introduction

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 Composite Tooling Design program explores the composite materials used for tooling, and tooling design.

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Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Fundamentals: Form Controls & Datums

Datums are reference measurement surfaces, planes, or points from which other part features are measured. By using the 14 geometric characteristic symbols along with datum references the functional requirement of a part or assembly can be effectively communicated. The proper identification and usage of datums in GD&T is explored.

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Rapid Tooling Design DVD

Rapid Tooling Design explores the development and application of various direct and indirect rapid tooling technologies used to create injection molds.

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Troubleshooting Tool and Die Making DVD

The goal of troubleshooting tool and die making is to optimize your tooling investment by balancing tooling costs against the expected return on investment. This program looks at the causes of tool and die failure, and offers a step-by-step methodology to troubleshoot problems and proactively understand their cause to alleviate failure.