Reasons Composite Manufacturers Use Filament Winding and Compression Molding
Composite materials are in the development of buildings, structures, and bridges. The composite materials are preferred because they are strong, light in weight and inexpensive compared to the traditional materials. Manufacturers of composite materials use multiple materials with different physical and chemical properties to produce materials with different components and characteristics. The filament winding and compression molding processes are among the methods that composite manufacturers use. The composite manufacturers will work on your project by producing composite materials that you need. These are the benefits of compression molding and filament winding processes.
The pressure vessels, CF tubing, tanks and other carbon fiber composite hardware are manufactured using the filament winding process. It is less expensive because the process is automated thus needing only one operator to make many parts simultaneously. This produces high output with fewer costs. The reduced cost of production will enable the manufacturer to charge us for the materials that you require.
This process produces long and large parts. The long and large structures are designed to save costs through weight savings while retaining the integrity and high quality of the structures. The manufacturer who uses a filament winding process will provide you composite materials that are of high quality for you to get value for your money.
The spiral fibers are placed around the circumference at forty-five degrees as they move down the length. The process produces highly strong and stiff shafts and other similar applications because it achieves the angle of optimal torque. There is additional strength to the structure because the process uses long continuous fibers. The process makes it quick and easy to transfer loads, unlike other processes that hinder the transfer of loads because they use discontinuous fibers.
The compression molding process that they use producers thermoset rubber and plastic resin keeping in mind the shape that the customer requires. The flow of the material is forced around inside the heat mold tool to produce the shape of resin or rubber that is required. The compression molding process is used to make numerous products such as seals, chair feet, door stops and so on. You save a lot of production costs since the process does need fewer tools than other molding processes. Any tool that can withstand high pressure such are the low cost aluminum and low grades of steel can be used. You will pay less for the composite materials because of their low production cost the manufacturer incurs when using compression molding process.
If unit production in small amounts you should use compression molding process. there is low capital cost of manufacturing a mold tool, setting up a press and beginning to run production parts. There are no extra costs such as need for gates, sprues or runners because that will consume extra material costs. Compression molding process is suitable for production of large parts.