Tooling for Composites

This course is designed for the student who is interested in designing or building tooling for composites. The course assumes that the attendee has some experience with composite materials or has previously attended the "Introduction to Composites" course as a prerequisite. In this course we explore the many types tools used for manufacturing composite panels (and assemblies), as well as those used in the fabrication of the tools themselves. A thorough examination of tooling materials and properties is addressed.

Class Details

Class Name:
Tooling for Composites
Composite technicians, tool fabricators, tool designers/engineers, quality assurance inspectors, procurement personnel, and anyone interested in advanced composite tooling.
2 Day Course

Learning Objectives

To provide the student with a fundamental understanding of composite tool design, tooling materials and properties, as well as tool fabrication and maintenance methodologies.

Outline At-a-Glance

  • Types of tools, tool designations, and tool-function
  • Prototype Vs rate-production tooling
  • Model requirements and limitations: virtual (CAD) Vs physical models
  • Fundamentals of tool design: meeting application and service requirements
  • Composite Vs metal molds and fixtures: pros and cons
  • Tooling materials/material properties and characteristics
  • Fabricating composite tool-laminates: materials, methods, and tricks of the trade
  • Tool proofing and thermal mapping/categorization
  • Tool maintenance and repair requirements
  • Initial tool-surface preparation and semi-permanent release agents

Job Roles