Hot Compression Molding of Composite Parts
Highly automatable, single step molding, and fast cure times
Hot compression molding is a method of molding in which the composite is first placed in an open, heated tool. The tool is closed and pressure is applied to force the material into contact with all tool areas, while the heat and pressure are maintained until the material has cured.
Single step molding process
Fast cure times and short takt times (Sub 5 minute takt times for automotive application materials)
Reduced tooling investment (vs metal forming processes)
Potential to redeploy existing pressing infrastructure
High rate manufacture of structural and non structural components for serial automotive and high volume (and typically smaller size) aerospace parts