Tooling forms and shapes every composite part or structure across many manufacturing processes and market applications. The materials used in making tools covers project phases from initial prototype periods through production runs which may be a very few (like 10 parts) to several thousand (golf shafts or automotive parts).
This presentation will cover the various types of tooling options often available in terms of the following areas:
o Metal and their important characteristics
o Composite (glass- and carbon-fiber) materials with various resin systems
o Rubber and elastomers
o Shape memory polymers
o Core, foams, and composite combinations
o Additive Manufactured tooling options
o Numerous other tooling alternatives
Numerous applications across a wide variety of industries and manufacturing processes will be presented so that attendees can see options and unique insight to tooling alternatives.
1) Learn why tooling is most important to shaping a variety of composite structures across markets, and, why the materials in tools present both advantages and design challenges
2) Learn that tooling materials, costs, and manufacturing phases (development, initial low rate production, long-term production) create different opportunities in material options
3) Learn about the different tooling materials often used across a variety of market segments and why they are preferred in certain applications and environments