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Composite Tooling

Composite tooling refers to the use of composites as raw materials in the engineering of tools that will be used for manufacturing new parts or product components. Compared to more traditional tooling materials like steel or aluminum, composites such as carbon fiber and fiberglass cost less to work with and usually confer advantageous physical properties like reduced weight or increased durability. 

Successful composite tooling designers not only have to be knowledgeable about the types composite materials, but also their physical, chemical, and structural properties. While composites have several advantages over traditional materials like metal, the process of composite tooling is complex - with many more design variables to consider regarding the tooling geometry, material behavior, and manufacturing process. For these reasons, advanced engineering and simulation software can be extremely helpful in validating composite tooling designs.