Advanced Materials: Composites and Foaming

When it comes to Composites, the more complex the part, the more expensive conventional tooling tends to be. This isn’t just expensive, but delivery time can be up to 6 weeks! At Catalysis, more complexity means higher advantage for 3D printed tooling.

Conventional Tooling Methods

Conventional tooling for composite part manufacturing

  • Traditionally cast or machined metal tool
  • Time consuming and costly
  • More complex part = more expensive tool

3D Printed Tooling

  • Quick turnaround time (2-3 weeks)
  • More complexity a higher advantage for 3D printed tooling
  • Tool life is the same as conventional
  • Ability to apply conformal cooling/heating

* Data is from automotive seat cushion (foaming process)