Where are the tools and thermoplastic composite parts manufactured?
Everything we do is produced at our facility in Denver, Colorado. All our parts are fully Berry Compliant.
Who supplies the tooling?
We have a full machine shop and can produce any tooling needed. We are also open to tooling supply from outside vendors or customers.
How much does typical tooling cost?
Tooling costs depend greatly on the size and depth of the part, so pricing really depends on the part. However, our tooling is far below the typical cost of injection molding tooling.
What tooling is required?
We require machined matched metal tooling, capable of withstanding high heats and pressures.
How long are your typical cycle times?
Cycle times vary greatly on the part, part thickness, and geometry, however we range from 30 seconds to a few minutes per part.
How is your process automated?
We automate every aspect of the production process, from the start at layup through forming, and finishing with trimming. In some cases we have designed and built customer machinery specifically for our process.
Are your “thermoplastic composites” similar to an injection molded fiber reinforced plastic?
No. Our composites utilize continuously stranded fibers, that are custom orientated to maximize strength and stiffness, and minimize weight. A fiber reinforced injection molded part will yield a much lower performing part.
What is the difference between a thermoplastic composite and a more traditional thermoset composite?
By using thermoplastic materials as the matrix, thermoplastics composites are enhanced by the excellent properties of the different thermoplastic materials: toughness, durability, impact resistance, abrasion resistence, chemical resistence, etc.
When you say “thermoplastic composites”, what do you mean?
Composites usually consist of a type of fiber and a bonding “matrix”. The fibers can be carbon fiber, fiberglass, kevlar, or many other options. The bonding “matrix”, sometimes called the “resin”, in our materials is thermoplastic. Hence, the materials we use are commonly refered to as “thermoplastic composites.”