PRF launches new Q.tool prepreg tooling system

PRF Composite Materials has launched its new prepreg tooling system Q.tool.

Designed, developed and manufactured by PRF and with its surface and 1020 bulk plies, Q.tool is said to significantly reduce the time and costs of tool manufacture.

Using its class-leading RP800 epoxy tooling system, the combination of Q.tool’s new surface and 1020g/m2 bulk plies replaces the 1:8:1 system in both weight and thickness, and significantly reduces the number of debulks to as few as one. The increased speed in layup and reduced number of debulks provides an estimated cost/labour saving of up to 50%. Q.tool also significantly reduces the amount of plastic consumables used; providing cost savings and a more sustainable tooling system.

“After over 40 years in the industry, I have not seen a tooling system that provides the same benefits to the constructor as Q.tool,” stated company CEO, Robert Burnell. “We have developed this innovative system to not only be a more cost-effective tooling solution, but to also provide an unrivalled surface finish due to its unique design. We are developing all of our prepreg systems with sustainability in mind, with this system working to dramatically reduce consumable plastic when processed.”

Kevin Emmett, technical and operations director at Supernatural-x on using PRF’s new Q.tool system added: “We are extremely pleased with how it draped around complex mould shapes and it took half the time to produce our tools, requiring only one debulk stage. The drapeability of the heavyweight 1020 bulk ply is exceptional.”

The PRF team will be displaying tools manufactured using Q.tool at JEC World 2022 on stand E41 and will be available for more information on this new tooling system.

Related Articles

Solvay doubles European kitting capabilities

Solvay says it is doubling its kitting capabilities for process materials in France to meet the increasing production rate of large composite parts such as aircraft wings or wind turbine blades.
6 years ago News

Prepreg resin system wins automotive OEM accreditation

X4-160 high performance resin system offered by Total Composite Solutions (TCS), manufactured in Italy by Microtex SRL, has exceeded the requirements of test standards PV1200, PV1300 and PV1300 2, often considered as some of the most stringent environmental simulations standards within the automotive sector.
5 years ago Products
Most recent Articles

Cupra and Bcomp introduce flax for seat backs

Spanish car builder Cupra has collaborated with lightweight materials specialist Bcomp and automotive seat designer Sabelt to produce more sustainable car seats for its electric vehicle range.  
4 days ago News

Hypetex wins government backing for coloured flax fibre

UK technology company Hypetex has been awarded a significant grant from Innovate UK to develop the world’s first technical coloured flax fibre, which will have applications in the sustainable manufacturing of cars, boats and other products that are usually made with carbon fibre.
4 days ago News

Login / Sign up