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SSL Cuts Lead Time for Customized Composite Tooling by Embracing 3D Printing

Over the last 30+ years, composite materials have become increasingly relevant to a number of industrial sectors with applications that demand the high strength of metals without their associated weight. Although the composites industry has made significant breakthroughs in material science and production methods over the years, producing complex composite parts can still be a lengthy and challenging task that requires specific knowledge and expertise. Traditional production methods for high-temperature composite tooling involve the expensive and time-consuming process of CNC machining. Although machining is a repeatable and reliable production method, the need for an operator and the subtractive nature of the process result in high costs, long lead times and significant material waste. Stratasys FDM technology can address all of these pain points.


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A 3D printed lay-up tool capable of high-temperature and high-pressure autoclave cure cycles.

A 3D printed lay-up tool capable of high-temperature and high-pressure autoclave cure cycles.

“Stratasys additive composite tooling solutions have allowed SSL to respond to design releases and changes with unprecedented speed at significantly reduced cost, without compromising part quality or performance.”

Jude Zils, Technology Manager / Composites Center of Excellence at SSL