Original Press Release
Quality Tooling is Key to Manufacturing Composite Parts
Press release date: October 27, 2008
SME Premiers Composite Tooling Design DVD
DEARBORN, Mich., October 27, 2008 - Quality tooling is a fundamental requirement for manufacturing 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 performance in the final product.
Composite tools are commonly used to produce aircraft, high performance racing cars, and many other products within other industries. But producing high quality tooling in a cost-effective manner requires knowledge of the latest composite tooling materials and tooling design techniques. That's where the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' new DVD release "Composite Tooling Design," comes in.
A companion to SME's best-selling Fundamentals of Tool Design book fifth edition, this DVD is intended to educate viewers about composite tooling fundamentals. Written by industry expert Louis Dorworth of Abaris Training Resources Inc, a leading advanced composite training company, the just released DVD explores the wide variety of materials used to create composite tooling, and details the various support tools used in the manufacture of composite parts.
Videotaped at a variety of facilities including Tiara Yachts, Roush Advanced Composites, Remmele Engineering, and Gold Shield of Indiana, "Composite Tooling Design" is divided into three segments: Composite Tooling Design, Tooling Materials, and Tooling Design.
Composite Tooling Design delves into the use of computer-aided design for composites and introduces the viewer to various types of support tools such as ply and core kit-cutting and ply/core locator templates, waterjet cutting, CNC routing systems as well as drill jigs and fixtures.
The Tooling Materials segment provides viewers with an overview of the various materials used to produce composite tooling. Materials such as carbon fiber reinforced epoxy, invar, glass reinforced polyester, and steel are examined, compared and contrasted. Issues such as production quantities and service temperature requirements of the tools are also addressed.
The DVD's final Tooling Design section outlines many relevant topics including draft angle requirements and spring-in issues, and details strategies for layup/spray up tooling, VIP/VARTM tooling, RTM tooling, automated fiber placement/tape layup tooling, and pultrusion tooling.
SME expects to release subsequent titles in the Fundamentals of Tool Design series in late 2008/early 2009.
For more information or to purchase a copy of "Composites Tooling Design", please visit www.sme.org/store. Orders may also be placed by calling 800.733.4763. Outside the U.S., please call 313.425.3000, ext. 4500.
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The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society supporting manufacturing education. Through its member programs, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and helps keep manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, SME influences more than half a million manufacturing practitioners and executives annually. The Society has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of hundreds of technical communities and chapters worldwide