Four key molding processes. Limitless possibilites.

Molding Processes
Molding Processes
Molding Processes
Molding Processes

Below you'll find an overview of the four key molding processes that make up the core of our business. For more detailed information, or to schedule a tour of our facilities, please contact us directly. We'd enjoy the opportunity to speak with you and we'd love a chance to show you around.

Compression Molding

Composite Compression Molding produces high quality cost competitive parts for all volume ranges. Parts produced from sheet molding compound (SMC) or bulk molding compound (BMC) have a high strength-to-weight ratio with low shrink rates. Furthermore, matching colors and textures can be molded in to eliminate the need for secondary finishing. Other advantages include reduced waste, the ability to mold-in inserts and structural reinforcements; and the ability to execute intricate designs with fewer knit lines than injection molding. We also have the ability to mold alternative and specialty materials. As for capacity, we have numerous presses ranging from 100 to 1500 tons.

Open Molding (HLU)

Open Molding parts are appropriate for large parts with low to medium volumes and one finished surface. The process is capable of molding in undercuts and hardware such as brackets. Resin and gel-coats can be color matched to eliminate the need for secondary finishing. Hand lay-up parts are also used for functional prototyping. Open Molding utilizes low cost polyester molds built by our in-house Tooling Department.

Resin Transfer Molding (RTM)

Perfect for medium volume runs or highly detailed parts, the resin transfer process offers key advantages over open molding becasue it creates smooth surfaces on both sides of a part and it allows ribs and bosses to be molded in. Resin Transfer Molding offers lower cost tooling than compression molding although the surface quality approaches that of compression parts. Resin transfer is also useful for prototyping compression molded parts, since mechanical properties are similar.

Resin Infusion Molding (Light RTM)

Resin Infusion is ideal for low to medium volumes. In resin infusion molding, a fiberglass mat is placed between a mold and countermold, then resin is injected under pressure and allowed to cure in the closed mold. Resin infusion creates fiberglass reinforced composite parts that are extraordinarily strong due to their high glass to resin ratio. In addition, both sides of the part emerge with a finished surface.