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DESIGN GUIDE:

OnForce™ LFT Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites

Reinforced thermoplastic composites have long been used as a replacement for metal in applications where high strength-to-weight ratio is key. Long fiber carbon and glass reinforcements help to boost creep and fatigue resistance as well as dimensional stability while maintaining exceptional surface finish. But to get the most from these advanced materials, you need to consider how they behave from a design and processing standpoint. This guide was developed to help you do just that.

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Invaluable tips on design, processing and troubleshooting

Long fiber materials, where the pellet and fiber length are both greater than ½ in. (1.26 cm), are frequently used to replace metal for applications that need improved strength and modulus. It’s a lot easier reaching these goals when you have a roadmap. That’s why we created this guide. It can help you avoid the most common pitfalls when using long-fiber materials, and move from concept to production with greater speed and confidence. 

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Download this guide to learn:
  • How to design ribs, bosses, and other features that stand the test of time
  • The better ways to process LFT materials
  • Which mold runner and gating strategies make sense for your geometries
  • What to do to minimize part defects such as sink and splay

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