CoreTech Associates Inc. has opened a 6,000-square-foot plant in Grand Rapids, Mich., to make lost-core plastic parts.
The facility, which opened Jan. 1, will use lost-core molding to make parts for the aerospace and recreational-goods industries and for other general industrial applications, operations director Mark Battista said by phone from Coretech headquarters in East Greenwich, R.I.
The process, used extensively to make air-intake manifolds for vehicles, can translate well to other applications, Battista said. The technology involves injection molding a part around a cast-metal core and then melting the core in a chemical bath.
CoreTech plans to use its metal core technology for such applications as pump housings, dental devices and thrust reversers on jets. Future applications also could include boat paddles or oars, golf balls and musical instruments, said Battista, whose consulting company helps develop plants for the lost-core process.
Initially, CoreTech has invested $200,000 at the facilty, called CoreTech Composite Products Inc.
The plant, on the grounds of Grand Rapids-based molder Accurate Mold and Engineering Inc., will start with eight injection presses with clamping forces of 150-450 tons. It expects to hire about five people. Eventually, CoreTech will expand to a larger site of more than 20,000 square feet, Battista said.