This is our In-depth tooling course (Stage I) which is designed and meant for Personnel of technical departments who want learn more about tool design and fabrication techniques to achieve tool stability and long long life cycles All theory will be applied in the workshop to fabricate an excellent tooling mould.
Day(-s): 5 / Tech code: TECH-170
Course dates and locations
Our EFC Courses, TECH-001-(Stage I) is a prerequisite,
3 to 5-year previous experience with advanced composite materials and layup is required for this course or an equivalent level.
If you are in doubt, please contact us to evaluate your equivalent level of training.
Personnel of technical departments, tool designer, tooling engineer, tool fabricator, composite repair technician and others who want to learn about tool design and building moulds to achieve in-depth skills in Composite Tooling fabrication using Low-Temperature Moulding (LTM) composite pre-preg materials.
Number of participants
Minimum required 2 and maximum 12 per course*.
* Courses will be confirmed as running by EFC as soon as sufficient applications are received!
At the end of the course the participant:
Has a better knowledge of composite tool design and fabrication
Knows the pre-preg part tooling routes to follow
Knows and has the skills to surface preparation of a master model
Can read and understand Tooling Ply-Lay-Up drawings and tool design tolerances
Is familiar with tool index and trim fixtures
Can incorporate Leak frames
Can fabricate and apply Tool backup structure stiffeners, fences, return flanges, egg crate or omega stiffeners design
Knows how to use and work with Wax sheet offsets
Can apply vacuum bags for tooling with pleats
Will have advanced knowledge and skills to apply to Low-Temperature Moulding (LTM) Prepreg materials like AmberTool or others
AmberTool® is a registered trademark of Royal TenCate.
Course content theory
Health and Safety (MSDS)
Pre-preg part tooling routes and family
Tool codes/acronyms and designations
Tool making from existing parts
Tooling backup structure fabricated by infusion
Tool support structure and integrated stiffener design
Tool index features
Mould tool joggle lay-up
Attachment of wet Lay-up cleats
Inserting of permanent vacuum points and air transportation venting lines
The coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE)
Tool spring back correction and adjustable spring back correction
Use of pre-cured tool inserts
Application of de-bulks
Application of tool leak prevention frames in edges/flanges
Cure cycle temperatures versus Tool life cycle
One-0ff tooling and prototyping
Application of Quick Repair Tooling
Tooling vacuum bag systems
Tooling materials and low and high Temp cure cycles and out-life time
Tool exothermic reactions
Reusable vacuum bags for tooling
Tool surface pinhole filling
Laminate wrinkling and bridging
Application of tool sealers and release agents
Tool Fault finding checklist
Tool dry run finding hot and cold zones and TC placement
Tool numbering and Tooling logbook information
Tool maintenance, and tooling for repair
The participant will be able to:
Surface Preparation of a master model
Extend existing flanges of a model
Apply Fences for return flanges
Apply wax sheets and wax radii
Apply tool index features
Apply support structure Omega stiffeners and or egg crate design
Apply leak prevention frames
Apply glass fiber strands in each ply
Fabricate fibreglass or carbon LTM tooling material
Apply vacuum materials for Non-autoclave cure and pleats for vacuum ports
Fabricate a tool trim fixture with foam core material and dry fibers wet lay-up
Be able to program, monitor ovens parameters during curing to prevent exothermic reactions.
After curing the tool perform leak Check by using the water infusion method and apply leak prevention methods when necessary to infuse resing
Making drill and trim fixtures
Multiple choice questions from each of the teachings Level 1-2
Successful completion is 75% correct answers
The examination will be closed book and can be conducted by a Part 147 approved Examiner upon request
The practical mark will be the average of all marks gained from the practical exercises
All grades will be recorded in the participant individual training records and kept on record at EFC for unlimited time (compliant with Reference EASA Commission Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014) and the GDPR rules
A certificate of accomplishment is handed out to each participant
Assessment activities are built into our courses, to give feedback on the achievement and personal potential and kept a record in their personal logbook.
The final outcome of the participant's Examination, assessment document and logbook per student will be digitally sent to your company responsible manager or HR department.
We also comply with the European GDPR rules as effective on May 25th, 2018 concerning storage of private information of participants who attended our courses.
Course run Onsite and at special request
For your company to benefit, this course can be held ‘On-Site’ at your facility under certain conditions. Click on this link to the Onsite information webpage!
Courses as noted on our course schedule page can be run on request to meet your required start and end date.
All listed course prices are Excl VAT. (Dutch VAT is 21%). EFC complies with Dutch tax laws. On request, companies can be sent an invoice instead of paying direct On-line with PayPal, IDEAL or credit card.