innoCast GmbH has been devoting itself to a new business area for a few months now: fibre composites.
Known from lightweight construction in the form of glass or carbon fibres, fibre-reinforced plastics are already used in many ways.
The challenge lies primarily in the area of costs. Here, it is explicitly the tool costs that are difficult to allocate to the number of pieces, especially for prototypes and very small series. The many years of experience and the accumulated know-how in the production of sand 3D printing moulds gave innoCast’s managing director Thomas Bettermann an idea.

Cost drivers in the production of negative moulds or master models for fibre composite components are primarily the material costs for ureol or aluminium. In addition, costs (and large amounts of waste) arise in the area of milling.

3D printing creates new possibilities, which have recently been brought to market maturity. In cooperation with Cropfiber GmbH, an innovative start-up from Dortmund, various internal and external projects have already been implemented. With the help of Cropfiber’s knowledge in engineering and in the production of (natural) fibre composite components, work was done on the technology and surface preparation.

The advantages lie particularly in the area of time efficiency and low raw material costs. They also lie in the generally known advantages of 3D printing. Transferred to the production of moulds for the manufacture of fibre composite components, there was quite a bit of development and research effort behind it. This was wrapped up in a patent.

In cooperation with Cropfiber GmbH, the large-area tools for the ASPHALTKIND roof box were completed in addition to the machining of tools for customer projects. In this way, we are opening up further to the free market for fibre composite component production.

So challenge us and submit your enquiry for the efficient production of tool moulds or master models. For the production of fibre composite components!

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