RocTool SAS has aimed its 3iTech process of heating a mold using electromagnetic induction at molding carbon-fiber-reinforced parts.
The inductors — superheated cartridges — are integrated inside the mold, matching the shape of the part, according to Roctool CEO Alexandre Guichard. Induction is generated from inside the mold, and no electrical current circulates on the surface. They heat up quickly, cutting the cycle time for carbon-fiber composite parts.
Heating can be adjusted in local parts of the tool.
Guichard is predicting the technology could play a key role in carbon-fiber parts for electric vehicles. The process can be used to make structural parts and decorate components, including exterior parts, the roof and hood.
3iTech also is suited to sports products like bicycle wheels, baseball bats, skis and soles of athletic shoes, said RocTool of Le Bourget du Lac, France.
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