Century Tool expands mold production capacity for large composites

According to reports, the company’s new horizontal milling machine is capable of producing larger molds for compression molding of various composite materials.

Century Tool (Fenton, MI) is a mold technology group that has announced the expansion of its compression mold manufacturing business by installing the new FPT Ronin EVO 3 2-axis horizontal milling machine. The new machine is said to accommodate workpiece sizes up to 343 inches high, 100 inches high and 120 inches high, enabling it to handle large steel or aluminum molds. The company also said it can produce molds weighing more than 100,000 pounds.

This new machine is an upgraded version of Century’s two existing FTP 4-axis machining centers. The company uses sheet molding compound (SMC), block molding compound (BMC), direct long fiber thermoplastic (D-LFT), dicyclopentadiene (DCPD), resin transfer molding (RTM) and carbon fiber reinforced plastic. The process provides a compression mold (CFRP).