Tooling methods and materials for composite tooling

The use of lightweight components stands or falls on the choice of materials. Product value, product costs, production costs, development costs and risks are, however, difficult to estimate when dealing with lesser known materials such as composites. The seventh white paper focusses on tooling for composites.

The wide range of materials and processes makes selection even more difficult, and each tool design, whether for thermoset or thermoplastic composites, is a new story that can result in a major win or a major loss situation. Fluctuations in cycle time, increased material consumption, thickness variations, high levels of parts repair or even parts rejection, tool wear resulting in reduced tool life, etc., can all result from the tool design. The design of a tool or mould starts during the design phase of the part. The designer will need information about the part, the result will be according to this information.

This is why the SLC-Lab and their partners in the CompositeBoost project want to pass on essential tools and methodologies to help designers and OEMs make the right choices. We want to give support by providing more clarity, and this by publishing various white papers that deal with current issues. This seventh white paper focusses on tooling for composites. It will discuss the different tool types and give an overview of the materials suited for making tools and master models.