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FRP and RTM Composite Fiber Reinforcing For Strong, Resilient Parts

If you need to produce strong products that are capable of withstanding high temperatures, solar or laser radiation, or that need to be electrically shielded, our carbon fiber composite manufacturing service is just what you need. We'll connect you to the most experienced professional composite manufacturing firms in the United States. Composites can be created in as little as three days.

Composites can be reinforced with a variety of strong, durable materials, making them ideal for panels, cases, protective coverings or outer bodies. Depending on your intended application, a variety of composite materials are available, all with varying mechanical properties.

Composite Materials Available
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Kevlar
  • Fiberglass
  • Epoxies
Advantages of Composites

Composites are strong, sturdy alternatives and reinforcements for metal components. They are particularly useful in the medical field or for other electrically sensitive applications where they are used to serve as protective shielding for sensitive equipment. Composites are also useful when used as paneling or coverings for equipment that you want to protect from exposure to the elements. It is equally valuable when you want to prevent accidental contact where electrical or mechanical equipment is involved.

It is commonly used in automotive and recreational vehicle manufacturing to produce protective and aesthetic panels. Because composite parts and panels offer thermal and radioactive protection they are also invaluable in medical and surgical contexts, where they are used for such things as MRI coils and medical enclosures. 

Applications 
  • Medical Instruments and Devices
  • Body Panels
  • Compartment Covers
  • Outdoor Equipment Housing
  • Aesthetic Covers
Hand Lay-up Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP)

FRP uses a liquid resin reinforced with Kevlar, carbon fiber or fiberglass. The resin is applied by hand to an open-face mold to create light parts and panels with high strength-to-weight ratios. Faster than RTM, FRP composites are ideal for vehicle and boat body parts, heavy equipment panels, and chemical-resistant panels. Because of the lower tooling cost for low volumes, FRP is also commonly used for large consumer parts. 

Molds are usually created through CNC machining, allowing for highly detailed design features and flexibility in part qualities. Parts can be thick and strong or thin and lightweight, depending on the intended application. Parts tend to be around 45% lighter than with other composite technologies. 

Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)

RTM takes a bit longer than FRP but produces a mold which can reliably be used to make up to 5000 parts. RTM is a closed-mold, vacuum-assisted injection molding technology. The slightly higher cost relative to FRP is balanced by the longevity of the RTM mold.

RTM uses an open-and-shut closed mold, allowing for highly detailed A side and smooth B-side features. Both A and B sides are fabricated simultaneously.

RTM is ideal for large parts and panels that will be exposed to outdoor conditions or otherwise vulnerable to wear. Excellent for vehicle panels, sensitive medical devices, and for meeting structural requirements.  

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