This paper and presentation will cover the wide variety of metallic and composite materials for cure tools and offer a selection guide based upon the specific application requirements. We will evaluate requirements such as size, temperature, durability, number of parts, vacuum integrity, cost and weight, to provide a framework for selecting the optimal tooling material. This guidance will identify more than a dozen tooling materials, their temperature and pressure ranges, and expected durability (prototyping, short-run, and full-production), among other selection criteria.
- Understand thermal expansion and which cure tooling materials are able to meet aerospace dimensional tolerances over the temperature range of their application
- Learn about other cure tooling material trade offs, including cost, weight, durability and size
- Understand the physical matrix of cure tooling materials, their temperature/pressure ranges, and weight and durability considerations
Why Is It Important?
With a very wide range of cure tool materials, it can be difficult to evaluate the benefits of each material against the application requirements: size, temperature, durability, number of parts, vacuum integrity, etc. This paper will present guidelines for evaluating these against cost and weight, and provide a framework for selecting the optimal tooling material.