(PRWEB) January 23, 2013
General Plastics Manufacturing Company will participate in COMPOSITES 2013 January 29-31 in Orlando, Florida – the largest event for composites professionals in North America. Produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the convention and exhibition is expected to attract attendees representing more than 650 companies and 40 countries.
General Plastics will spotlight its rigid polyurethane composite core foams and introduce two new composite core sample kits at Booth #1110 in the Orange County Convention Center.
The company will feature the following flame-retardant, rigid closed-cell foams:
LAST-A-FOAM® FR-6700 Aerospace-Grade Series – This flame-retardant rigid foam for aircraft composite core withstands process temperatures up to 250ºF. It is an excellent choice for models and design prototypes, vacuum-form dies and mold patterns, and honeycomb edge closeout for aircraft interior sandwich panels.
LAST-A-FOAM® FR-3700 Precision-Core Series – Tougher and less friable than the FR-6700, this flame-retardant, aerospace-grade (BMS 8-133-qualified) foam enables cutting of crisper edges. This quality makes it well-suited to machining complex shapes for composite cores.
LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4300 Thermoformable Board Series – This flame-retardant foam series is ideal for composite panel cores and other structures where compound-curved surfaces or other details can be made with low-cost heat-forming methods.
Driving expanded interest in alternative materials
“We’re experiencing increasing demand for our low-weight, high-strength polyurethane foams to replace traditional core materials, such as thermoplastic foam, honeycomb and wood,” noted General Plastics President Bruce Lind.
The company’s composite core materials have been used for years in the aerospace and automotive industries in place of aluminum, as
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