Rhodes Interform, a specialist in bespoke hot and cold composite and metal forming machinery, has installed a composite forming facility at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The aim was to design, develop and manufacture a composite press to assist a wide range of UK companies in composite development.

The facility comprises a 10,000 kN hydraulic press with six axis loading, high pressure resin transfer molding (RTM), twin die transfer tables, thermal fluid heating system and die splitter. It covers a range of composite forming including open and closed moulding, RTM, prepreg, compression moulding and thermoplastics. The project attracted funding from the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).

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