Thermoforming and injection moulding in one single mould

The so-called organo sheet mould process, combining injection and thermoforming in one single mould, is one of the innovations to see at K 2010. Developed by Georg Kaufmann (Busslingen, Switzerland), the process will be demonstrated by KraussMaffei in fully automatic operation on a CX 300-1400 IMC . The mould is used for the production of a lightweight structural component. This dynamically loaded component for a passenger car is produced from organo sheet – a glass fibre reinforced semifinished thermoplastic composite – and stiffened with moulded-on ribs. The organo sheet is first thermoformed in the mould and then, in the same mould, provided with the moulded-on stiffening ribs.