Bringing mass reduction capabilities to mass production facilities, Dow Automotive can now offer 90-second cycle times for resin transfer molding (RTM) with Voraforce 5300 resin matrix, making RTM-produced carbon fiber composites suitable for mass production. The composite systems has been presented for the first time during the recent JEC show in Paris.
Voraforce 5300 extends RTM process capability via an extremely low viscosity for fast injection, with very good wetting of the fiber pre-form. Further, the formulation is equipped with an internal release mold package, minimizing external mold release costs. In addition, the material allows for substantial parts consolidation. Customers can integrate many different parts into one production step, saving extra production and assembly operation costs.This can make composites an economically attractive solution over traditional metal alternatives. The material is classified as non-toxic according REACH 2015 and the VDA-278 test shows volatile emissions are close to zero, an important factor for applications adjacent to the vehicle passenger compartment.