We were given two major challenges - to die cut parts out of a hard brittle carbon fiber material which was 0.030" thick and to maximize the number of parts we could make from the raw material sheets which were supplied by the customer.
After experimenting with various die cutting variations we were able to die cut the carbon fiber with our 100 tonne clam shell press and which produced a very good clean cut. Also as per our standard practice we always try and find the best solution to make the most parts from a raw material sheet or roll. This may involve us taking a little longer to calculate but its in the best interests of our customers especially as some raw material can be up to 75-80% of the total manufacturing cost. With the part design for this project we were able to nest 2 parts together.
About the Author
With over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Martin Chell brings a wealth of knowledge to his client projects. He has worked with large companies including Qualcomm and completed projects in a variety of aerospace, biotech and other applications.
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