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FDM Ancillary Tooling for Composite Fabrication

FDM® has been proven to be a valuable and disruptive solution for composite fabrication tooling. In addition to layup mould tools, FDM technology offers significant advantages for ancillary tools used in secondary operations such as trimming, drilling, assembly, bonding and inspection. The benefits include reduced lead time and cost, design simplification, and ease of fabrication and use.

FDM technology is proving itself as a cost-effective solution for composite tooling. But it’s also a great choice for the ancillary tools used to post-process the resultant composite parts.

Discover the advantages of FDM technology for ancillary tooling, outlined in this white paper. In addition to example applications, you’ll learn important considerations for tool design such as:

  • Correct material selection
  • Orientation of the tool when printing
  • Incorporation of inserts and ergonomic features