Materials

Advanced Materials – Formulations engineered to meet
your product specifications

Illustration of Fiberglass Molding ProcessThe starting point in a composite product design is specifying the functional requirements and economics. Sometimes a standard formulary is an easy fit – but in most cases customers are stretching for more.  Lighter, stronger, faster, fewer pieces, fire-retardant, larger, chemical resistant, glossier finish, lower cost – characteristics that will provide a competitive edge for their business.  

This is where having the industry leader in advanced materials on your team ups your game. MFG brings a deep bench of materials engineers and a dedicated R&D lab to assist you in analyzing your design and the properties that various materials offer.  From there we can provide a recommended material solution – either a standard chemistry, a proprietary MFG formula, or a custom solution – that will achieve your targets.

Recognized internationally for having influenced the industry with many material innovations – we invite you to see how MFG’s composites expertise might help advance your composites project.

Fibers and Resins

A composite is a combination of two or more materials yielding properties greater than the individual ingredients. One material is a particulate or fiber (reinforcement) and the other is formable solid (matrix).

Plastic resins are the formable matrix within the composite. Virtually all of the physical properties (chemical, electrical, and thermal) are strongly influenced by the resin. Most resins used in composites are the thermosetting type - once formed they cannot be reformed, and they do not melt or flow. Thermoplastics are also used in lower temperature applications. Most often they are enhanced with synergistic organic and inorganic additives to provide additional functionality.

Fibers provide strength, dimensional stability and heat resistance. Additives are easily incorporated into resin systems to provide pigmentation, flame retardence, weather resistance, superior surface finish, low shrinkage and other desirable properties.

Final properties are determined by many factors including the type, amount, and composition of the resin systems and reinforcements. In addition, the use of additives can greatly affect the properties.

Outlined here is information on the various reinforcement and resin systems that are the building block elements for composites. You may find it helpful to download our Design Guide and review the design process that we recommend.

Breakdown of FRP Composites Design ProcessReinforcements
  • Glass
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Aramid
  • Natural Fibers

For more information, see our section on Secondary Services.

Resource Typesort descending Description
iNVENTA™ 74109 Ultra Light SMC Material PDF The ultimate material for mass reduction, featuring a specific gravity under 1.11 (~60% lighter than standard SMC formulations).
iNVENTA™ 74109 Ultra LIght SMC Material PDF iNVENTA 74109 provides lightweight benefits comparable to carbon fiber, with the benefits of lower cost and easier processing. The properties are an excellent match for compression molded parts in applications where mass reduction is a goal.
Mass Reduction With Value-Engineered Composites PDF Light-weighting (mass reduction) using advanced composite materials.
Technical Design Guide for FRP Composite Products and Parts PDF Fiberglass (FRP) composite materials and processes are explained in detail. This design guide outlines various selection criteria with helpful technical data and comparisons to alternative materials.
Guide for Selecting Best FRP Composite Process PDF Guidelines for Selecting the Best FRP Composite Process for Your Project