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Frimo and 3D Core develop lightweight construction solutions for large-scale series production

News International-French

10 Oct 2013

Frimo Group GmbH and ESC GmbH & Co. KG based in Herford are announcing their partnership in the development of cost-effective lightweight construction solutions for series production.

Hans-Günter Bayer, CEO of Frimo Group, and Fritz M. Streuber, General Manager of Expanded Structured Composites GmbH & Co. KG, also known as 3D Core, are signing a partnership agreement, which will serve as the basis for continuing the intensive collaboration on RTM process optimization which the two companies successfully began at the end of 2012.

L.E.S.L.I.E. is the name of the joint project that Frimo and 3D Core are using to demonstrate new ways of effectively manufacturing even large-volume lightweight components to the interested professional audience. The project stands for “Low Energy, Speed and Less Input of Material and Equipment”.

3D Core is a leading manufacturer of structure-reinforcing foam cores. With the new product line C+, the users of carbon fiber can reduce the material input for fiber and resin by up to 50%.  The acoustic, thermal and electrical insulation values and the vibration behaviour are improved significantly. As a technology specialist, Frimo offers the full range of tooling and equipment for PU processing, and also has a long list of reference customers who use its RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) processes.

Meanwhile several PURe Mix and mixing and metering machines designed for the material-specific processing of polyurethane-based matrix materials such as Vitrox have been developed and built – equipment which is now also operating at customers’ facilities.

Karl-Heinz Stelzl, Director Advanced Technology at Frimo, underscores the point: “Innovative solutions are needed for the large-scale industrial use of composites. And that will require completely new approaches. At the same time, practical means of reducing unit costs must be found in order to achieve truly sustainable lightweight construction solutions. We are firmly convinced that the only way this process can succeed is to make optimal use of advanced materials together with the right equipment.”

Along the road to electromobility, the automotive industry in particular is redoubling its efforts in its search for ways to significantly reduce vehicle weight. The use of conventional materials to achieve such weight reduction necessitates high investment costs and the resulting cycle times cannot even come close to satisfying the requirements. The two partners also see further application areas in boat and shipbuilding, in the aerospace industry, and in the tuning and racing segment.