03 April 2009
03 April 2009
RocTool and Performance Materials Corporation launched a complete laptop cover made using composites, and RocTool showed the fabrication of the complete composite laptop cover at the JEC Show.
RocTool’s Cage System technology heats and cools only the mould surface.In association with PMC’s CFRT (Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic) Materials, RocTool is today able to manufacture “a one shot” laptop cover integrating all these details. The use of CFRT material allows the production of thinner parts and reduce the part count by 15 to 20% compared to magnesium!
“The cycle time to produce a laptop cover is approximately 2 minutes”, explains Alex Guichard, CEO of RocTool. “This extremely short cycle opens a new market for the composites industry. With regards to laptop computers, there is now a performance enhancement and weight reduction, combining PMC’s expertise we are the only company able to offer this”.
For Tom Smith, (CEO) of PMC, the conclusions from these comparable studies with magnesium, are extremely favourable towards thermoplastic composites: “The Cage System technology provides a critical missing link in making high volume, complex CFRT parts,” states, Thomas Smith. He notes that this combination of technologies extends beyond replacing magnesium covers for computers to other applications where thin wall, high detail is required including closed section shapes as well. Mr. Smith says, “These technologies provide for advanced composite performance approaching the detail and speed of injection moulding. The processes are also amenable to a high level of automation.”