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Answers to Questions About our Composite Materials, Tooling, & More

Click below for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions including project management, tooling requirements, and commonly used composite materials. 

Aren't composites more expensive than metal or other plastics?  

While steel and other metals are relatively cheap on a per-pound basis, secondary operations such as welding, bending, or painting can add to the ultimate cost of the product. At Globe Composite, we try to cast parts on a net-shape basis, which means that we strive make the finished part with little or no secondary processes, achieving cost advantages over metal parts.

Do my part volumes have to be high (in the hundreds of thousands) to justify the investment in tooling?  

Not necessarily. Although traditional injection molding requires expensive steel molds, Globe Composite offers several unique molding processes that may greatly reduce tooling costs. This lowers part volume requirements from the hundred thousands to to the hundreds.

How long does it take to get composite parts?  

Since Globe performs a majority of the engineering and development work in-house , we can provide you with prototype parts in a matter of weeks - not months. For production parts, it is wise to plan on 10-12 weeks.

Who manages my project at Globe?  

We will assign a project engineer to your project who will be responsible for managing every aspect of the project, from identifying performance requirements to producing prototypes to delivering the first articles for production. Generally, your Globe Composite project engineer will interface directly with your program manager, engineer, or user representative to make sure we understand the requirements of the project and ultimately deliver the best parts for the application.

How do you keep track of my project?  

Globe Composite manages anywhere between 75 to 100 projects at any given time. We understand how important it is that your project gets the attention it deserves. That's why every project is maintained on our customized workflow management system, giving us up-to-the-minute information on project status, deliverables, and costs.

What kind of composite materials do you use?  
Globe Composite uses over 300 different materials and formulations under the Brandonite® name.  We use a wide variety of base materials that can either be thermoset, thermoplastic or elastomeric. This allows us to focus on using the right material for your application, rather than just pushing the only material we happen to use. Our wide product offering puts Globe Composite in a class all by itself.
How do you mold your products?  

While a great deal of our processes are proprietary, such as tool design, chemical formulation, material dispensing and curing, we utilize a broad set of molding processes including:

  • Injection Molding
  • Compression Molding
  • Rotational Molding
  • RTM
  • Liquid Injection Molding
  • Rubber Injection Molding
  • Spin Casting
  • Hand Lay-Up
  • Hand Casting
  • High-Volume Meter Mix Dispensing

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