Capabilities

Water Jetting

Ideal for cutting 2D shapes in virtually any material. Intricate designs with aerospace tolerances (+/- 0.005”) are a good fit for waterjet cutting. No tooling is required which makes both prototyping and design changes easy to manage. Our large format bed (55” x 130”) can hold multiple layers of material, which when tightly nested, reduces the amount of wasted material. The cutting is done using a very small stream of water traveling at supersonic speed, so the material being cut will remain dry.

Vacuum Forming

3D ceramic fiber shapes can be molded using our vacuum forming machines. This process lends itself to higher volume parts that need to be molded to net shape, thereby minimizing the need for any secondary machining operations. Our in house tool room can design and fabricate molds, and different batches can be formulated to meet your requirements for temperature rating, density and hardness.

Die Cutting

High quality steel rule dies can cut to within tolerances of +/- 0.010”. Die cutting is ideal for larger quantity runs where the design of the piece is unlikely to change so that the tooling cost can be amortized over the full life of the die. Steel rule die cutting is a faster and cleaner way of manufacturing gaskets and seals, but as the material thickness increases die cutting has a harder time holding tight tolerances.

Casting

Dense refractories can be cast into shapes. Our tool shop can design and fabricate molds from steel, wood or other composite materials depending on the number of uses the mold is expected to last. Refractory shapes can be cast with a range of materials from light weight insulating castables to denser refractories.

CNC Machining

A versatile way for producing complex 3D shapes with tight tolerances and intricate details. The process is more precise than manual machining, and can be repeated in exactly the same manner over and over again. The downside of CNC machining is that the process can produce a significant amount of wasted material, and depending on the shape can also be time consuming.

Slitting

Roll stock sizes are normally 24” or 48” wide which may not be the most convenient size for your application. These larger rolls can be slit down to virtually any combination of sizes. 1” wide slits in full length rolls and can be achieved, and narrower slits can also be produced if we reduce the strip length.

Laminating

The laminating process can adhere two different materials. The formulation of the adhesive can be changed to meet various end use requirements. Two different materials can be combined to achieve a hybrid insulating material that has superior performance parameters.