We can produce the right tool for your needs ranging from prototype one-off tools to full production tooling. Our years of experience help us create the most effective tools using the right materials such as glass, carbon, aluminum, and steel.
“If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail”
Creating the right tool is essential to ensuring the success of any program we undertake. Understanding your project objectives helps us choose the right material and tool manufacturing method to meet both your performance specifications and budget targets. We look at:
- Accuracy and tolerances
- Final part material
- Cure temperature
- Production speed and quantity
- Part size
- Single or multi part tool
- Surface finish of part
For single runs to test a concept we can use quick manufacturing methods like 3D printing or plaster molding.
For ongoing production needs, or highly specialized one-offs, we will use a more durable solution like composite or metal tools which can stand up to multiple uses.
Selecting how a part will be cured also dictates the material and tool manufacturing method. Parts that need to be cured in high temperatures require tools that can withstand the same environments, usually made with steel, anodized aluminum, carbon, or glass composites. We make tools for everything from open faced – vacuum bag curing to high-heat, high-pressure curing in an autoclave.
Tools for Machining and Inspection
In addition to making tools for molding, we also make tools for finishing and inspecting the parts. From drill and trim fixtures used to machine the molded part, to inspection fixtures that guarantee we’ve met your specifications, we build all the tools needed to ensure your project is a complete success.