SUNConferences, COMA '13

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New Developments in Efficient Energy Use by New Tooling Concepts for Composite Materials
Jochen Dietrich, Detlef Kochan, Christoph Schütze

Last modified: 2013-08-21


The actual production process for components made by fiber-reinforced composites (GRP, CFRP) can mainly be characterized by the application of manual lamination procedures and curing in oven. These time and energy consuming process is to be replaced by the newly developed principle with direct heated moulds.


The paper gives a short overview of the “state of the art” in the field and some experiences with the industrial use of self- heated tooling concepts will be demonstrated like follows:

·  Modifications and further developments of the Incremental Sheet Forming (ISF) concept with GRP applications in the railway industry

·  First experiences with first-class moulds manufactured by Ni-Electroforming

·  Self heating composite tooling for aircraft applications (CFRP)


In the context of lightweight design by composites the efficient use of energy belongs to the Green Manufacturing Strategy.




Energy efficiency, Rapid Manufacturing, Conformal Heating, Composite Materials, GRP, CFRP

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