Mouldlife Ltd and Trelleborg have been business partners for a number of years, working together to meet the growing demand for Epoxy Tooling Boards.
Trelleborg manufacture a high quality range of Epoxy Tooling Boards for use in high spec composites industries. The company have developed a business partnership with Mouldlife as main distributer to pattern makers, supplying the tooling for Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Marine and Sport Equipment manufacturing sectors.
Mouldlife are able to supply the complete range of boards, including adhesive and repair materials.
F1 Steering Wheel Master Tool: made from TB650
Trelleborg manufacture high performance tooling materials to cater for all needs, from light modelling work through to high performance carbon fibre component production.
Tooling blocks are essentially a combination of epoxy resins, glass microballoons and hardeners, which are mixed together and cured in an oven until hard. They are cast into standard size ‘boards,’ which are joined to form a block larger than the component to be made.
Trelleborg supplies the vast majority of F1 teams with epoxy tooling blocks, which constitute the starting point of the process in carbon fiber component manufacturing. “It’s basically a three-step procedure,” says Chris Mellings, Manager, Trelleborg Advanced Engineering Materials in Skelmersdale, UK.
Trelleborg offers a range of seven different tooling blocks, of which the TB650 is used by approximately 75 percent of F1 teams. Considered the highest quality tooling block in the market, it has been made by Trelleborg since the mid 1970s.
• Very good surface structure • High quality • Easy to machine • Temperature resistant up to 160ºC • Excellent dimensional stability • Low coefficient of thermal expansion • Good dimensional stability • High impact strength • Density range from 0.4 to 0.7
• Prototyping • Modelling • Styling • Metal forming • Plug assist
• Improved speed to market • Reduced labour times • Reduced machine times • Design cycle flexibility • Reduced development time • Consistent and repeatable • Reduced costs