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Transfer molding of hybrid components

The Dieffenbacher transfer molding press plus an FDC injection unit from Arburg. (Photo courtesy Dieffenbacher.)

Dieffenbacher and Arburg plan to join forces to develop new processes for the transfer molding of hybrid components.

The companies have already collaborated to develop, along with other partners, a modular production system for hybrid components. It combines a size 4,600 modular injection unit for fiber direct compounding (FDC) from Arburg with a Dieffenbacher 3,600-ton vertical press.

‘The subject of lightweight construction is an important one at Arburg,’ emphasises Gerhard Böhm, managing director sales at Arburg. ‘We offer various processes and solutions, including the FDC process. Combining it with transfer molding is a forward-looking concept that enables new lightweight construction applications.’

According to the companies, the process can help create geometric reinforcements as ribbed structures as well as local or full-surface reinforcements using unidirectional tapes in combination with fiber-reinforced in-mold lamination. The FDC injection process allows fibers to be added directly to the plastic melt, and the fiber length, fiber content and material combination can be adapted on an individual basis to influence the part properties, the companies say. 

This story uses material from Arburg, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier. 

» Publication Date: 01/10/2019

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