At CCI we build tooling not only for our own projects but also for other composite shop clients.   With our in-house 5-Axis CNC milling machine we build plugs and patterns from mdf and tooling foam, and then finish them as Class A moulds.

As added value, we can provide verification that the new tooling meets dimensional tolerances, via scanning in 3D and then mapping the results against the original CAD file.

The photo sequence below illustrates our process as applied to a powerboat hardtop mould – from milling the plug to the final polished tool.  Click to flip to the next photo.

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Verification: point set deviation map of scanned plug:
point set deviation

The article below is an article we were invited to submit to the blog of tooling foam supplier Coastal Enterprises.

Have a look at the article  (PDF)