In instances where rate or processing requirements permit, where future engineering changes are expected, in cases of less stringent dimensional requirements, or simply when budgetary constraints demand, a foam tooling option may strike the correct balance between cost and performance to suite your need. Regardless of the application, Ascent Aerospace will thoroughly evaluate of your specifications, and has the knowledge and expertise to recognize when a foam tooling option would suit your particular application.

  • Composite layup molds
  • Drape-forming tools
  • Master molds
  • Transfer molds
  • Trim fixtures
  • Vacuum-forming tools

Specific material grades are generally selected based upon intended use, service temperatures, and required service life. Higher density foams tend to be more durable, with some foam grades able to support autoclave cures up 400˚F and 100 PSI.

Benefits of Foam Molds
  • Design flexibility
  • Quick turn around
  • Ease of modification
  • Lower initial investment
Issues to Consider When Looking to Foam as an Option
  • Material CTE
  • Durability
  • Heat transfer rates
  • Storage requirements
  • Moisture
Fabrication Capabilities
  • Design to specifications
  • Bonding
  • Machining, large scale
  • Surface sealing
  • Supporting structures