Moulding & Additive Manufacture

Moulding uses the mechanism of material solidification initiated either by chemical reaction or material melt and cooling, typically shape is imparted a mould but can be by selective melting or reaction and solidification.

 

Solidification Mechanism

In the moulding of thermoplastics, the solidification mechanism is by cooling of the melted plastic, whilst in composite moulding the mechanism may be by cooling, heat, pressure and chemical reaction. In additive manufacture solidification is localised and controlled. Not all processes require a mould tool, and the form of a tool can vary from single sided or open moulding, to closed cavity.

 

Diverse Range in The UK

The UK is renowned for it's Motorsport industry and with Composites used extensively it's no surprise we have a diverse range of composite moulding capability. Moulded plastics are readily becoming engineered products commonplace in the automotive and aerospace industries, the UK's plastic moulding capability ranges from high end engineered plastics through to packaging and containers. Additive Manufacture meanwhile is reaching new heights in terms of engineering applications, and the UK has a depth of experience in all avenues of advanced additive manufacturing techniques.

 

Processes Typically Combined with Moulding & Additive Manufacture

Moulding processes can be accompanied by Finishing and Treatment processes, but can also be combined with Joining Processes and Assembly Processes to produce finished assemblies and products.