Reduce cost, decrease weight and improve quality – with the optimal finishing you can get a competitive edge
Finishing refers to the machining of structural core materials, and you can choose from a wide range, each serving a specific purpose.
The right combination of core material, laminate and finishing allows you to save time, money and resources, and affects the characteristics of your product. Diab is a world-leading supplier of sandwich composite solutions with long experience in finishing for structural core materials, and together, we can find the optimal solution to fit your needs.
Choosing the right finishing
A focused analysis will help you choose the right finishing. Weight is of key importance in many applications, making a finishing combination with low resin consumption your preferred choice. Weight requirements impact manufacturing speed and total cost of the composite component. Another factor is cost sensitivity.
You can choose a finishing combination that is suitable for faster manufacturing, involving short lay-up time and fast resin flow. Having cost as a main driver can impact the resin consumption, weight and surface finish. Surface finish is a subjective criterion and needs to be discussed thoroughly. To obtain a high surface finish, the lay-up time is usually a bit longer and the weight and resin consumption might be higher, as well as the cost for consumables and materials.
Environmental regulations and demands must also be taken into consideration. Using a closed process decreases the amount of waste and improves the working environment.
Diab also offer an innovative core slitting technology to cut the material into extremely thin sheets with very tight tolerance. The benefits include a very smooth surface finish, 3D formability and decreased resin uptake, up to 30% depending on the core type and grade. Contact Diab to find out more about this option suitable for extreme light weight applications.