Rapid Prototype tooling
AC has developed a number of fast and inexpensive prototype tooling methods capable of pulling one to a few carbon fiber parts.
Whether your need is to produce a few parts, validate your design, measure spring back, or produce a part to express an idea or sell a program TAC’s prototype tooling is your solution. Once the design is complete and ready to produce hundreds of parts, the prototype tool can easily be converted into a durable tool for rate production.
TAC prototype composite tooling technology provides lay-up tools for autoclave processing of carbon fiber pre-preg composite parts up to 375°F /100 psi. Rapid prototype composite lay-up tools are capable of producing up to 5 prototype parts when envelope bagging or vacuum bagging to a base plate.
Rapid prototype composite tools are fabricated with high strength/high temperature structural CFOAM®30 carbon foam core and a proprietary surface, which requires minimal processing steps. By using this pioneering approach TAC, is able to offer these advantages:
Eliminates autoclave, carbon fiber surface, master, and processing costs associated with traditional layup tooling
Much easier to handle than Invar, Steel, and Aluminum tools
Low CTE is ideal for production of tight-tolerance carbon fiber parts; improved tolerances and surface quality vs. CF composite/egg-crate tools for production of long CF parts such as stringers, beams and spars
Capable of producing up to 5 parts; reapplication of the surface is fast and inexpensive if additional parts are desired
Very easy to fabricate with minimal processing steps. Layup CFOAM® billets, machine, and apply surface finish, sand \ machine to desired surface finish, seal, and release.
TAC prototype tools easily accommodate design changes