RocTool, a 16-year-old French company, is rolling out a new molding technology that does not require a molding machine. The goal is to reduce costs to make large composite parts for aerospace and various transportation applications.
Light Induction Tooling (LIT) includes a light tooling structure with integrated induction heat technology. Cooling units are external. “With this new Out-Of-Press and Out-Of-Autoclave (OOA) technique, manufacturers can now increase their capabilities without investing in large tonnage machines and the OEM can extend their supply chain for such composite parts,” says Mathieu Boulanger, CEO of RocTool, Le Bourget du Lac, France.
Boulanger said that cycle times are under three minutes because of the reduced thickness of tooling.