Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), in particular Vacuum Assisted Resin Transfer Molding (VARTM), has long been the standard for producing lower-cost, simple geometry composite parts, with a long history of adoption by boat builders and wind blade manufacturers. Traditionally, aerospace manufacturers have steered away from RTM and VARTM processing due to anticipated repeatability issues and lower fiber volumes. Recent advancements in automation and tooling technologies have now made VARTM-infused and oven-cured composite parts a viable solution for the aerospace sector, with documented case studies showing structural equivalency, weight neutrality, and 20% or greater cost savings. VARTM composites are now becoming a standard for the aerospace industry.
In this webinar, Hawthorn Composites will discuss the different advancements in automated dry carbon fiber preform manufacturing and tooling technologies for resin infusion to produce complex-shaped, aerospace parts outside of the autoclave, and will review several case studies using these novel technologies and manufacturing methods.Presented by: