Manufacturing Process
Autoclave Cure
Autoclave Cure

Autoclaves are used to process both laminated composites and bonded metallic assemblies, for example honeycomb panels. While under vacuum, or vented, heat and pressure can be adjusted to optimize the fiber/resin ratio in composite parts and provide high strength bonds (using high strength film adhesives) in bonded assemblies.

Autoclaves have been used in industry for many decades. As technology has progressed so has autoclave design. The following images show the latest popular autoclaves..

Images from Aeroform

A typical cure schedule for an epoxy matrix prepreg composite (from John summerscales)

Benefits of the autoclave cure
Typical applications
  • Highest strength to weight ratio
  • High fiber content laminates
  • Pressurized curing and reduced voids
  • Ability to process large parts or a number of small ones
  • Pressure and heat can be controlled very closely
    Strategic fiber placement Flatness
  Precision curing parts, aircraft parts, PCB's, Laminates, and thermoset components for the Electronics industry


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