New tooling material offers cost-effective composites pattern solution

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UK company Base Materials has launched Ares 770, which it describes as a novel cost-competitive tooling material. The proprietary resin system, which is made from syntactic materials, is designed for the manufacture of master models and patterns used in the production of carbon-fiber parts, and for vacuum forming and thermoforming applications.

The company says that the material is suitable for use at temperatures up to +130°C and boasts a fine surface structure, low coefficient of thermal expansion, excellent dimensional stability and an inert surface for wide-ranging compatibility.

John Miller, MD of Base Materials, commented, “The launch of Ares 770 represents a substantial investment in, and commitment to, leveraging our industry-leading research and development capabilities to enhance innovation and support our customers, particularly those in the UK, in these challenging times.

“From automotive to aerospace and beyond, Ares 770 is a cost-competitive novel material that can help our customers to protect their margins without compromising performance.”

Ares 770, which is manufactured in-house by Base, is available in a range of board thicknesses up to 200mm. The company also produces ancillary products including adhesives, sealers and release agents.

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