Lost Core Molding

CEW’s Patented Injection Molding Process – Innovative Solutions. Innovative Products

Lost core molding is a specialized 3-step process. This process is generally reserved to military and aerospace grade products, where lightweight products with high levels of strength are necessary. The exceptional performance of these wheels is attributable to the brilliant design, manufacturing process, and superior materials used.

 

Custom Injection Molding Services Specifications
General Capabilities: Assembly Design Engineering Production Prototype
Product Capabilities: Large Components Multi-Component Small Parts
Mold Process Type: Lost Core Molding
Material: Carbon Fiber Carbon Fiber Composite Flexible Polyvinyl Chloride (FPVC) High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) Glass Filled Nylon Polypropylene (PP)
Clamping Force: 400 to 720 t
Minimum Shot Size: 42 oz
Maximum Shot Size 168 oz
Additional Services: Mold Making Product Development Rapid Prototyping (SLA, 3d printing)
Intended Applications: X-Core Wheelchair Wheels Bicycle Wheels Lightweight Composite Aerospace components
Quality Assurance: ISO 9001:2015

 

Lost Core Molding Design Process

Robotic technology is used to move the part from one process to another. Below details the lost core molding process:

Core Casting

In this process, a low temperature alloy is injected into the mold at low pressure. The core is created with the help of injection molding.

Injection Molding

The core is locked into the injection mold. This holds the core in place. The composite material is then poured over the core directly. This process is known as over molding. The composite material retains the shape and structure of the metal when the metal is melted out. We at CEW have innovatively integrated the two processes of core casting and injection molding into a single cycle, and on the same platen. A two-shot injection is used for both the methods. This simplifies the process, while producing a superior product.

Melt Out

The injection-molded part is removed from the press and transferred robotically to the ‘Melt-Out Station’. Here, the metal core located inside the composite part is melted out. The composite material that remains forms the basic structure of the part. Although, the core is unsupported by a metal frame, it is extremely strong and displays complex interior geometry. Moreover, without the metal interior, the part is exceptionally light. The two methods used to melt out the core are ‘Hot Oil Tank’ (where – Lutron water-soluble oil – is used) and ‘Induction Coils / Hot Oil Combination’.

Part Finishing

Once the final part is produced, it is finished to make it look aesthetically appealing. This process comprises removing oil, cleaning the part, removal of runners, if any, painting, final assembly, and packaging.

Materials Used for Lost Core Molded Parts:

Enduro II: Fiber Reinforce Composite

This Glass Fiber Reinforce Material is heavier than carbon fiber. The reinforce material is glass filled Nylon 6, which is considered to be the ideal material.

Enduro Pro II: Carbon Fiber Composite

It is a carbon fiber composite material, which is lighter and stronger than Fiber Reinforce Composites. Advantages of Lost Core Molding The brilliance of lost core molding is truly witnessed in product performance. The other benefits of using these wheels are:

Lost Core Molding provides immense design flexibility, which is often not possible in other plastic processes. Parts are extremely lightweight and strong.

Automation of part handling, injection molding, and over molding reduces human error, as well product specification variability.

Lost core molding produces products that display a single structure. The wheels don’t require welding, or fabrication, or assembly post lost core molding. With the absence of nuts, bolts, and other components, the wheel is stronger, low on maintenance, and performs exceptionally.

Our Lost Core Molded Products

We provide stock as well as customized products for lost core molded composite wheels. These wheels are manufactured using carbon fiber composite, which makes them sturdy, durable, and incredibly lightweight.

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