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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.

Composite Manufacturing Processes

The Composite Manufacturing Processes segment highlights the numerous methods of producing composite parts, including: manual lay-up, automated lay-up using tape laying machines and fiber placement machines, vacuum bag molding, spray-up, filament winding, pultrusion, and resin transfer molding. The various ways in which composite parts are cured is also presented.

Plastics Finishing

This Plastics Finishing program includes information on the array of plastics finishing processes, arranging them into four categories: degating, deflashing, cleaning, and decorating. The Degating section includes segments on manual degating and the various automated tooling devices. The Deflashing section covers the cutting and trimming, media blasting and cryogenic deflashing processes. The Cleaning segment features the ways in which contaminants infiltrate the molding process and how parts are cleaned for secondary decorative operations. The Decorating section features lengthy examinations of the following processes: painting, plating, vacuum metallizing, pad printing, hot stamping, silk screening, and fill-and-wipe.