Microcell Foam Supports Fine Detail for Composites & Tooling

TACOMA, Wash., October 07, 2014 – General Plastics Manufacturing Company will present its new FR-4600 Microcell prototype and modeling foam boards at the first-ever Composite Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX). Taking place October 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, CAMX unites the composites and advanced materials communities from ACMA and SAMPE at a singular industry event to explore the latest in products, processes and technologies. General Plastics will showcase its fire-resistant (FR) and fire, smoke, toxicity FST-compliant core foams, and its high-temperature tooling boards at Booth 2075.

“We are delighted to participate at the debut of CAMX and introduce our FR-4600 Microcell high-detail prototype foams to today’s leading innovators in composites and advanced materials,” said President Bruce Lind. “The LAST-A-FOAM® FST-4600 series represents our next generation of foams, developed jointly with our OEM customers to address the need for a board that supports fine detail.”

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4600 Microcell Series
This uniform, ultra-smooth foam board cuts crisply and supports fine detail work, satisfying the needs of the most demanding boat maker. In lower densities, it is superb for hand-carved models, prototypes and decorative fixtures. Higher densities are easily milled by machine to create intricate tooling that is tough and durable. The tight microcell texture creates a superfine surface that is easily finished and painted without filling and sanding, reducing production time and costs.

During CAMX, General Plastics will also spotlight its high-temperature tooling boards and production services.

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4700 High-Temperature Tooling Board Series
These high-density epoxy-urethane tooling boards withstand peak temperatures up to 400° F (200°C) and continuous-use temperatures up to 350° F (177°C). Affordable and dimensionally stable, this rigid foam board is ideal for prototype machining, high-temperature curing prepregs, vacuum forming, pattern making, master model making, small production runs, monolithic or large-mass tools where traditional metal dies are cost-prohibitive.

Production Services
General Plastics offers proven pattern making and tooling capabilities for molding, fabricating and assembling parts. We provide CNC machining to precisely manufacture parts to customer requirements and accept customer-supplied CAD data. We are also adept at painting, adhesive bonding, prepreg, potting and resin-infusion processes.

“General Plastics has a long history of developing innovative solutions and materials for aircraft interior applications,” Lind added. “We also look forward to introducing our next-generation FST-approved performance foams to aerospace and engineering customers attending CAMX and discussing their needs.”