General Plastics to Feature New Ultra-High Temperature, Low CTE Tooling Board at CAMX 2018

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General Plastics' new ultra-high, low CTE tooling board, LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4800, will be showcased at CAMX 2018, in Dallas, TX, on Oct. 16, 2018 with a demonstration at booth AA32.

LAST-A-FOAM FR-4800 Demo

LAST-A-FOAM FR-4800 Demo

General Plastics Manufacturing Company, rigid and flexible polyurethane foam pioneer, will be exhibiting at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), October 15-18 in Dallas, Texas, where the company will showcase its newly-launched LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4800 high temperature, low CTE tooling board. This thermally-stable material is ideal for aerospace, automotive, and composite manufacturing companies looking for a tooling system for high-tolerance parts that is both cost-effective and dimensionally predictable and stable.

According to Mitchell Johnson, Ph.D., CEO/President of General Plastics, “LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4800 satisfies our goal of providing composite manufacturing companies a predictable and reliable tooling board for applications from prototypes to short production runs, with heating and cooling rates that will not dramatically increase autoclave cycle times.”

Show attendees are invited to participate in a live demonstration of LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4800 on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 1:30 pm, at the General Plastics booth #AA32. Andrew Krajewski, General Plastics’ senior process engineer, will provide visitors an overview of FR-4800 features and capabilities, specifically its material properties, application considerations and helpful tips when using the product.

LAST-A-FOAM® FR-4800 can be used in applications with peak temperatures up to 480°F (249°C) and continuous use temperatures up to 400°F (204°C). Its thermal performance is significantly better than other plastics in the market as it does not warp or twist and remains dimensionally predictable, even at elevated temperatures. The CTE is not only predictable and repeatable but it also boasts of a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) that is similar to aluminum, which makes it an ideal alternative to metallic tooling. Typical applications include short-run tooling, monolithic tools and molds, as foam masters and prepreg composite layup tools. It may be used with a variety of high-temperature resin systems (vinyl esters, epoxies, and BMIs), in high-pressure autoclaves and vacuum forming.

About General Plastics Manufacturing Company    
Tacoma, Washington-based General Plastics Manufacturing Company has been a leading innovator in the plastics industry for more than 75 years. The company develops and manufactures rigid and flexible polyurethane foam products, which include its signature LAST-A-FOAM® brand series and build-to-print composite parts.

Directly or through its network of distributors, General Plastics serves the aerospace and defense, nuclear packaging, composite core, prototype and modeling, construction, dimensional signage, testing and marine industries. General Plastics is certified to ISO 9001:2015/AS9100D, Nadcap-accredited (AC7130 Rev. C and AC7130/1 Rev.A), and meets the rigorous demands of numerous leading quality systems, which include NQA-1, Mil-I-45208A, and Boeing Company D6-82479. Please visit

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