The Plastic Process: Composite

These are the main values that have guided the strategy of « La Tôlerie Plastique » since its creation in 1985. In addition to our core business, sheet plastics milling, bending and assembling, we have integrated a composite activity.

Using the composite manufacturing process in their workshops, we have carried out various prototype projects for the automotive (Formula 1 car) or aeronautical (fairing for wind tunnel test) industries.

Process Composite: What is it for?
The manufacture of a part in « fibre-resin » composite materials is the most suitable answer to the design and manufacture of mechanical or structural parts. Working with this type of material is much more pleasant and, above all, more suitable than conventional materials such as wood, steel, or aluminium.
This process is mainly used in applications where the aim is to minimise the weight while maintaining the high mechanical properties of the part. Composite manufacturing also makes it possible to create round and aesthetic shapes.

Composite: How does it work?

Composite manufacturing means that a hull, shell, volume or casing is created by layering several layers or elements.
« A composite material is an assembly of at least two immiscible components whose properties complement each other. The new, heterogeneous material thus formed has properties that the individual components do not have. »

Composite: What are its advantages?

The advantages of a part made of fibre-resin composite material are many:
As mentioned above, composite materials are both aesthetically pleasing and lightweight. This lightness is due both to the lower thickness of the material and the mass of the raw material used.
corrosion resistant
Another advantage of a prototype or model made of composite material is its corrosion resistance. This property allows a longer life span compared to wood or metal.
In contrast to metal, which is a material with good mechanical strength, but processed in thin layers, a part made of composite material is non-magnetic. Depending on the application, this is an essential criterion.
Very high mechanical properties
To achieve a high mechanical strength property, one of the solutions most often chosen is to increase the material thickness. Mechanical stiffeners can also be added. However, as a result, the part's mass increases and thus its weight. The composite process, which is very widespread in France, is a perfect solution, linking lightness and mechanical strength.
Composite at LTP
Composite work is a process mastered by the LTP team (model and quality prototype) for a very small series. Composite materials have applications in several fields of activity in industry, aeronautics, sports and leisure activities.

Our know-how allows us to accompany you in all stages of your project.

  • Support for the design of your part (choice of materials and reinforcements)
  • Production of composite moulds
  • Manufacture of parts

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