ATC Manufacturing is a leader in fiber thermoplastic composites, including part formation for the aerospace industry. In May 2019, CompositesWorld published an article focused on ATC and the efficiencies of an innovative and novel approach to tooling. Cost savings, efficiencies and new technologies were highlighted in the article.
Cost Savings, primarily in labor, are essential to the adoption of fiber thermoplastic composites in the aerospace industry. The cost savings are a result of process efficiencies, which increase manufacturing speed and improve overall production rates.
David Leach, ATC’s director of business development explains that projects can be expedited if parts are pressed from laminates, skipping the time-consuming layup, bagging and autoclave process of thermoset part formation. However, this approach does have its own challenges, especially the difficulty of managing varying rates of thermal expansion during part formation.
The article also discussed new 3D printing composite tooling, out-of-autoclave molding and tooling technologies for thermoplastics. As thermoplastic technologies continue to evolve, suppliers like ATC Manufacturing are on the forefront of the evolution.
ABOUT ATC MANUFACTURING: Founded in 2004 by Dan Jorgenson, ATC Manufacturing is fiber thermoplastic composites leader through the development and production of high-performance, light-weight aerospace composite parts. ATC develops products that are lighter, stronger and more cost effective. The collaboration between Advanced Thermoplastic Composites and Lakeside enabled ATC’s expansion in 2015 into a 67,000-square-foot facility, expanding production to more than one million parts per year.
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