Die Quench Press Tool – 23 delivered in 2017
Used for low volume automotive and aerospace components some alloys are better formed by pre- heating the blank material up first & then pressed whilst hot onto a cold press tool. This can create more complex components with less tooling and can also improve the material characteristics of the pressed component. Typically made from P20 or cast iron.
Metallic for Composite tooling – 14 delivered in 2017
We have experience in producing a variety of metallic tooling which is used to mould composite components. Usually made from Inconel or Invar so that the tool doesn’t “move” in the forming process under high pressure and temperature. The design and manufacture of such tooling is a complex process due to the machineability of the material. We have been producing metallic for composites tooling since opening in 2009.
Hot Form Tools – 35 delivered in 2017
Hot form dies (HFD) also known as Hot Size Dies (HSD) & also Super Plastic Forming (SPF) tooling, are all types of tool used to form metal utilizing intense heat & pressure, they are commonly used to form titanium & nickel aerospace components as well as low volume car panels for the Supercar Market. These tools are generally manufactured from Cronite castings or similar type alloy casting.
Compression Mould Tooling – 6 delivered in 2017
We have experience in compression mould tooling, delivering various tools used in the construction and off highway industry. CMT – Is a method of molding in which the moulding material, is first placed in an open, heated mould cavity. The mould is closed with a top force or plug member, pressure is applied to force the material into contact with all mold areas, while heat and pressure are maintained until the moulding material has cured. The process usually employs thermosetting resins in a partially cured stage, either in the form of granules, putty-like masses, or preforms or sheet form. Generally, these tools are manufactured from D2 or P20.
Special Purpose Tooling
We have been involved in the design & manufacture of various special purpose tooling covering a wide range of tool types, ie, Vacuum form tooling, SPF tooling, RTM tooling, Rim tools, Pinch cut insulation tooling mainly used in the aerospace industry.