Tri-Mack uses automated processes to produce parts from two different forms of engineering thermoplastics. Traditional thermoplastics can be injection molded, compression molded and machined from extruded shapes. Thermoplastic composites are laid up using fiber reinforced tape and fabric, consolidated then thermoformed.

Traditional thermoplastics

  • Unfilled resins and reinforced compounds
  • Enhance performance using glass, carbon and PTFE
  • A typical compound is resin with 30% carbon fiber at 0.040” long
  • Pellets for injection molding
  • Extruded or compression molded shapes for machining
  • Cost efficient production of complex geometry

Continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites

  • Prepreg unidirectional tape or fabric
  • A typical compound is resin with 67% continuous carbon fiber
  • Automated layup, consolidation and thermoforming
  • Low-cost processing results in cost savings vs. thermoset composites
  • Exceptional mechanical properties in a lightweight composite
Material Units 30% CF PEEK
0.040" Fiber
67% AS-4 CF/PEEK
Continuous Fiber
Tensile Strength Ksi 30.2 280.0
Tensile Modulus Msi 1.9 19.2
Compression Strength Ksi 34.8 182.0
Flexural Strength Ksi 46.1 270.0
Flexural Modulus Msi 1.9 16.9