Quarterly Magazine

First Quarter 2014

Composite Material Properties in Laminations
Robert Stack and Francis Lai,
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Composite materials are found in thousands of applications across many industries from aerospace and automotive to recreation and packaging. What began as a means of producing relatively light-weight, large-scale plastic products has grown to include combinations of many materials to take advantage of their own particular properties. Nielsen [1] listed many advantages of composite materials including …

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First Quarter 2014

Mold Thermal Distribution
Mauro Fae’, Self Group,
Rivignano, Italy 

Maintaining consistent thermal distribution throughout the mold is critical to minimizing the cooling cycle and maximizing part quality metrics. Cost savings result from a more efficient cycle time and internal scrap reductions due to a tighter mold temperature process control.

Cooling the part by contact with the mold is very effective and efficient using highly conductive metal molds with aluminum being favored due to …

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