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CNC Machining

Designcraft has 2 large format CNC routers  specially designed for composite mould manufacture.
Machine Details:
Belotti  FLA4026       4.0 x 2.6 x 1.3m  5-axis CNC
Greda  Argo             3.0x1.5x0.5m      3- axis  CNC

We machine patterns an moulds  for our own projects  but we  can offer this capability to others.
We machine patterns and moulds in the following materials:

  • EPS  foam the cheapest material but requires significant  finishing work. fine for low budget boat moulds etc.
  • Styrofoam  an improvement on EPS but still requires coating and finishing
  • Laminated birch ply  this material has a  very low CTE and is stable up to 90C. It makes very durable plugs and moulds at reasonable cost  however still requires coating and finishing
  •  Polyurethane modelboard:  More costly than the above  but with a higher CTE than plywood. A high standard finish can be achieved but processing temperatures must be kept below 60C
  • Epoxy modelboard: the ultimate tooling material and used on Aerospace and F1 projects. It combines a low CTE with high surface hardness and finish.
  • Aluminium  makes very robust direct tools when the shape and size permits.   Ideal for production foil and fin moulds

 

Projects Include:

    • CNC Patterns, plugs, tools and moulds for large wind turbine components.
    • CNC Patterns ,plugs, tools  and moulds  for small wind turbine projects
    • CNC Patterns, plugs, tools and  moulds for tidal turbine blades
    • CNC Patterns, plugs, tools and moulds  for canoes  and rowing craft
    • CNC Patterns, plugs, tools and moulds  for yachts and powered craft
    • CNC  patterns, plugs, tools and moulds  for aerospace