Advantages of Composite Materials

Design Flexibility – Thermoset Composites give designers nearly unlimited flexibility in designing shapes and forms. They be molded into the most intricate components and can be made a wide range of densities and chemical formulations to have precise performance properties.

Low cost per cubic inch When comparing costs based on volume, thermoset composites have lower material costs than traditional materials such as wood, engineered thermoplastics and metals.  In addition, because thermoset composites have a low petroleum-based content, they are not subjected to the price fluctuations experienced in petroleum-based products.

Lower material costs Because thermoset composites can be precisely molded, there is little waste and therefore significantly lower overall material costs than metals products.

Improved productivity – Industrial Designers and Engineers are able to reduce assembly costs by combining several previously assembles parts into a single component.  Also, inserts can be molded directly into the part during the molding process thereby eliminating the need for a post-process. In addition, composites do not usually require additional machining, thereby reducing work-in-process and time to market.

Other key advantages include:

  • As molded dimensional accuracy
    • Tight tolerance, repeatable moldings
    • Low-post mold shrinkage
  •  Chemical Resistance
  • Consolidated Parts and Function
  • Corrosion Resistance
  • Design Flexibility
  • Durable
  • High Flexural Modulus to Carry Demanding Loads
    • High Impact Strength
  •  High Performance at Elevated Temperatures
    • Heat Resistance
    • Naturally Flame Retardant
    • Creep Resistance
    • Mechanical Property Retention
    • Superior Thermal Stability
  • Lighter Weight than Metal
  • Lower Costs vs. Die Cast
  • Low Petrochemical content
    • Better cost stability than commodities
  • Lower Cost per Cubic Inch as compared to Thermoplastics
  • Molded-in Color
  • Molded in inserts
  • Outstanding Electrical Insulation
    • Arc and Track Resistance
    • Ability to Quench

Thermoset Composites and Mar-Bal have the ability and professional experience to tailor a customizable formulation and further have the design flexibility to meet demanding applications.  Our Program Management Team will ensure that your project finishes on-time, meets or exceeds expectations and provides the performance solution for your challenging environment.

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