Compression molded structural components

TenCate's CCS Composites group (CCS) specializes in the design, tooling, and fabrication of complex compression-molded composite parts using chopped thermoset and thermoplastic bulk molding compounds. You will find these CCS compression-molded parts in a wide range of applications and industries, including satellites, launch vehicles, military and commercial aircraft, and high-performance industrial applications.  Compression molding offers an alternative to machining and hand lay-up for complex geometry components. Typical reinforcements are carbon and glass chopped fiber.

Compression molding offers both cost and weight savings by allowing complex composite parts to be fabricated in high volumes with short cycle times. Special features such as lightning strike foils and integrated fasteners can be designed into the part.  Compression molded parts utilize chopped fiber bulk molding compounds (BMC), and often are higher strength and lighter weight than the metal parts they replace.  On the Bell/Boeing V-22, compression molded parts have replaced honeycomb stiffened composite parts providing cost and productivity savings.  

TenCate can design the part, fabricate the tooling, and then move into full production to support your needs.  For prototype parts or parts with limited production volumes, consider compression molded billet stock.   A technical paper is also available: Billet Stock: Advantages and Usages.

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Resources

TenCate compression molded parts brochure

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Compression molding design guide

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TenCate CW V-22 access door article

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TenCate billet stock summary

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Thermoplastic chopped fiber molded parts technical paper

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Compression molding advantages and benefits technical paper

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TenCate billet stock technical paper

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TenCate Advanced Composites, Fairfield, USA

TenCate Advanced Composites, Fairfield, USA
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