In case of high quantities heated aluminum molds are the best choice. While enabling best in class tolerances it also allows short production cycle times. Therefore this method is widely used for automotive applications.
WOOD FIBER MOLD
Inexpensive molds made of wood fiber are a perfect fit for accurate prototypes and small series industrial applications. Using a mold ensures high quality and accuracy while the cost is low also for smaller quantities.
Holding fixtures are a cost efficient solution for applications with low accuracy needs. Similar to free-form bending you can create any shape while you only need a few fixtures in order to keep your preform in place until the resin is cured.
Automated winding is a method tailored for spring production. It enables a fast and efficient production process for this product category.
FREE FORM BENDING
Free forming is a huge benefit and most welcome for a lot of design applications. As there is no mold involved the costs stay at lowest level. At the same time you have the benefit of creating shapes that are not possible with any process that involves molds.
For industrial applications automated bending of tubes is an established and efficient process. splineTEX®plast preforms can be shaped on the same machines in the same efficient way.