Technical Articles

General Plastics Manufacturing Co. has published these technical articles:

(Materials)
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Composite core materials are used to complete the function of engineered structures by making up for a type of design or performance need, whether it's weight reduction, providing energy absorption,...
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4800 TOOLING RECOMMENDATIONS...
(Calibration Instruments, Standards and Reference Sources)
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How to Choose the Right Tooling Board for Your Job...
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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For manufacturing industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine, and wind energy, prototyping is a familiar part of the product development process, commonly used for R&D testing, product...
(Molding Services)
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A misconception is that molding is more expensive than machining. After decades of working with clients on a wide variety of complex applications, we have recommended cast molding for our foams,...
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Tooling is a key technology used in aerospace, automotive, and other major industries to manufacture parts or components. Different types of tooling include work holding tools, jigs and fixtures, and...
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Discover how manufacturers can utilize polyurethane foam to achieve lightweighting in the automotive and aerospace industries....
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The "Reduce Costs and Develop More Accurate Tooling with Polyurethane Foam" technical paper discusses the various methods in which to increase manufacturing outputs by utilizing polyurethane foam as a...
(Machine Shop Services)
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Pebble Technology International® (PTI), known as The World's Most Trusted Pool Finishes™, has been the originator and leading provider of pebble aggregate surfaces for swimming pools for...
(Machine Shop Services)
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BLR Aerospace used General Plastics' FR-4700 high-temperature tooling board for its stability, uniformity, and excellent machinability for tight tolerances....
(Materials)
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Polyurethane Foam: Dielectric Materials for Use in Radomes and Other Applications Many polyurethane foams offer a wide variety of physical properties, as well as desirable dielectric properties for...
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For the past three decades, Columbiana Hi Tech (CHT) has supported the full Nuclear Fuel Cycle, specializing in custom fabrication and specialty products for the nuclear industry. Manufactured...
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When Outland Technology, manufacturer of underwater systems, video cameras, and lights for diving companies and military operations expanded their product line 16 years ago, they faced a challenge....
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When Solid Terrain Modeling was established, they needed a supplier with the ability to fulfill large orders of high-quality foam to serve as base for their three-dimensional relief maps. In addition,...
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For over 30 years, Pacific Research Laboratories, Inc., also known as Sawbones, has been changing the way medical practitioners train and prepare for surgery. The first and largest provider of...
(Composites, Textiles and Reinforcements)
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The advent of higher-temperature resins and carbon-fiber composites such as Hexcel's HexTOOL®*, created the need for polyurethane foam that can withstand much higher process temperatures. It...
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LAST-A-FOAM® models and components have also been used to construct full-scale mockups of high-profile aircraft. These include Lockheed Martin's X-33 single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) experimental...
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Creative Spectrum, Inc. principal and product designer Roman Kashalapov crafted his "Voll" action figure using General Plastics' LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7108 model and prototype foam. Kashalapov's...
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Los Angeles-based sculptor Laura Larson used our LAST-A-FOAM® FR-6706 Aerospace-Grade material to create mold patterns for terra cotta sculptures. These sculptures decorate columns at the front...
(Composites, Textiles and Reinforcements)
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The Air National Guard (ANG) contacted General Plastics as it explored rigid polyurethane foam solutions to munitions storage for its civil air defense facilities. In particular, it sought a...
(Materials)
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The complex polyurethane foam sculpture depicted above was crafted from our LAST-A-FOAM® FR-6712 Aerospace-Grade material by sculptor Joy Taylor of Newport Beach, California...
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General Plastics plays a pivotal role in allowing individuals whose faces are severely burned to live a more normal life. Our LAST-A-FOAM®FR-4540 tooling board material is used by CimMed, Inc. of...
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Solid Terrain Models (STM) of Fillmore, California has created highly accurate topographical models and maps using our LAST-A-FOAM® FR-7100 Multi-use Core and Modeling Board Series. These models...
(Development and Prototyping Services)
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Applied Aerospace Structures Corp. looked to General Plastics' Multi-Use Core Series for it's fine-cell structure, stability, and easy-to-machine benefits. Already familiar with its physical...
(Composites, Textiles and Reinforcements)
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Defense Subcontractor slashes three-fourths of its prototyping costs & time using multi-use core form...
(Materials)
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Manufacturer of rocket boosters for NASA's Space Launch System proves protective qualities of GP foam in nozzle closures....
(Molding Services)
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Extending from the flight deck in the fore to lavatories in the aft, General Plastics' flexible polyurethane foam parts play integral yet unsung roles in today's aircraft. While few prompt even a...
(Composites, Textiles and Reinforcements)
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Common materials for orthopedic testing and education - most often, cadaver specimens, but also animal bones and wood - while utilitarian, are far from ideal for today's researchers and students....
(Plastic Shapes and Stock)
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The process of creating the tool needed to produce parts is a critical portion of the manufacturing process. It is critical enough where the quality of the finished part is dependent on choosing the...
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NASA Space Launch System is a super-heavy lift launch vehicle. We will launch in 2018 with the first flight that's designed to enable deep space exploration missions. The rocket boosters that General...
(Plastics, Elastomers and Polymers)
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General Plastics' chemistry laboratory manager, Joel Meyer, Ph.D., offers additional insights into foam core selection specifically for aerospace and nuclear applications....
(Manufacturing Equipment and Components)
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For manufacturing industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine, and wind energy, prototyping is a familiar part of the product development process, commonly used for R&D testing, product...
(Plastic Shapes and Stock)
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In 2016, Promontory, Utah, nozzle plugs made from General Plastics' LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4300 played an important role in protecting rockets for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). General Plastics'...
(Plastics, Elastomers and Polymers)
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Versatility, Durability and Machinability of FR-4515 Tooling Boards Leads to Lighter, Stronger, Better Bowls at Lower Cost...
(Plastics, Elastomers and Polymers)
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Faster True-to-Life Prototyping Speeds New Products to Market Thanks to Expertly Machined High-Temp. Tooling Boards...
(Materials)
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When it comes to choosing the right material, design engineers tend to focus primarily on the material properties and cost. Does it meet the specifications you need while still staying under budget?...
(Composites, Textiles and Reinforcements)
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Streamlining the supply chain is one of the top challenges of many companies. The design engineer finds the materials needed for the project, the program manager approves it, and the buyer purchases...
(Composites, Textiles and Reinforcements)
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When design engineers work with General Plastics, we often delve straight into the technical details of the intended application and our polyurethane materials. Together, the two parties discuss...
(Composites, Textiles and Reinforcements)
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It's important to select the right composite core material that performs as intended and provides the properties specified for your application. However, with so many viable material options...
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Learn how General Plastics helped ACP find the panel that appealed to their customers that didn't necessarily require the rigorous engineering and processing standards of aerospace, but still meet the...
(Plastic Shapes and Stock)
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General Plastics Manufacturing company is a Tacoma, Washington state-based manufacturer of composite core and custom moulded parts for aerospace, automotive and other markets. In the run up JEC World,...
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Strategic Robotics Systems (SRS) was founded in 2015 in response to a need for underwater systems which combines the functionality of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and an autonomous underwater...
(Plastic Shapes and Stock)
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D2 and General Plastics Work Together to Keep Healthcare Workers Safe...
(Plastic Shapes and Stock)
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The tooling option you choose affects the project budget, time-to-market, and product quality - so which method is best for your application?...