Composite Tooling & Trimming

6-Axis Robotic Waterjet

To improve the fit and finish of parts, and save time over hand trimming, we have an in-house waterjet cutting robot cell capable of cutting a wide variety of materials.

This machine is used extensively for internal projects and contract work. We have the ability to streamline your manufacturing and part cutting needs. The cell offers quick and repeatable fixturing making it ideal for both small and large production runs. Our team can also assist in the design and production of fixtures which meet your particular needs.

Machine Capabilities and Specs:

  • Fanuc 6-axis waterjet robot
  • Large part capability – 17’ x 7’ x 5’ Max
  • 60,000 PSI jet – garnet and abrasive free
  • Laser calibrated precision
  • Interchangeable fixtures
  • Vacuum part hold down
  • Off-line programming capabilities– Using Mastercam and Robotmaster

This machine has the capacity to cut:

  • Fiberglass
  • Carbon fiber
  • Carpet
  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Thin metals

6-Axis Robotic Router

For the automated final trimming of parts, our 6-axis router cell can be used to streamline manufacturing and achieve an improved finish in a fraction of the time and cost compared to manual methods.

Our trimmer is capable of cutting a wide variety of materials while maintaining excellent edge and hole quality. The router is used for internal projects as well as contract work. This process can easily be scaled up for larger production runs at a very competitive rate.

Machine Capabilities and Specs:

  • Fanuc 6-axis robot
  • Perske router – operating at 20,000rpm max
  • Wide variety of advanced composite tooling options
  • Large part capacity – 50″ (L) x 50″ (W) x 36″ (H)
  • Interchangeable fixtures
  • Miniature head for robotic trimming small, complex parts
  • On-line programming capabilities – using teach pendant

This machine has the capacity to cut:

  • Fiberglass
  • Carbon fiber
  • Plastic

3-Axis CNC

Our 48” x 96” 3-axis CNC router is capable of shaping and cutting a range of materials using a wide selection of tools for optimized surface finish and cutting time. The bed offers both vacuum and mechanical part hold down to ensure parts are machined accurately and without damage.

3-axis CNC is typically used for the rapid production of individual parts, mold components, temporary fixtures and core kits. We offer in-house engineering support to help you transform your ideas into finished products, contact us to learn more.

Some of the materials we can cut on our CNC:

  • SAN Foam
  • PVC Foam
  • Tooling Board
  • Wood
  • Plastics

5-Axis CNC

Our largest 5-axis CNC mills have a working envelope of nearly 100’ (L) x 12’ (W) x 10’ (H) and can tackle even the largest of projects with unparalleled precision. Over the years we have built strong partnerships with companies around the world which allow us to take on larger milling projects with our staff on hand to supervise production.

Some of our capabilities include:

  • 5 axis – 46′ x 12′ x 10′ capacity
  • 5 axis – 10′ x 6′ x 2.5′ capacity
  • 5 axis – 60′ x 20′ x 10′ capacity
  • 5-axis – 30′ x 15′ x 8′ capacity
  • 5-axis – 68′ x 28′ 13′ capacity

Manual Trimming

Sometimes the size of the production run or the cost of the part doesn’t justify using an automated cutting method. In these cases we go back to our roots and use manual hand trimming techniques. Whether it be an air saw or a diamond saw, we have all the tools required to make precise cuts in a safe environment. All of our tools are equipped with at source dust collection using HEPA vacuums and our trimming booths utilize powerful air filtration systems with multistage filters and HEPA filters. Not only does this ensure clean accurate cuts, but it means that our employees stay safe while generating any harmful dust.

Just a few of our tools:

  • Reciprocating saws
  • Diamond saws
  • Routers
  • Files
  • Hand saws
  • Grinders

Composite Trimming & Tooling Frequently Asked Questions

We save you time and improve the quality of parts by using our in-house waterjet cutting robot cell to cut a wide selection of materials. We are a full-service company and take your project from start to finish without outsourcing parts of your project.

Our equipment can cut a large selection of materials. Some of the common materials cut include fibreglass, carbon fibre, carpet, wood, plastic, and thin metals. Contact us to discuss your needs if your material is not on this list.

Depending on the scope of your project it may not make sense to use an automated cutting method. We provide manual cutting solutions for smaller projects or those that need to utilize manual cutting methods.