Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Curing of Advanced Composite Laminate parts by Thermal Pressing(ST11132-1)

Kintz Plastics Inc.


The use of advanced composites has grown and continues to grow steadily, because their structure and processing can be tailored to applications requiring high strength, high stiffness, low weight and/or low thermal conductivity. Typical products in which advanced composite parts are used include aerospace structures, automobiles and trucks, spacecraft, energy production, marine vessels, prosthetic devices, sports equipment, medical devices, civil engineering structures, and many others. The growth rate of the carbon fiber and carbon-fiber reinforced composites market has been about 12% for the last 23 years, and the market size for industrial and sporting goods made of carbon composite is slated to grow from over $7 billion in 2007 to $12.2 billion by 2011.

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Project Description

Kintz Plastics, along with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), will conduct a feasibility study to further develop thermal pressing of composite parts. The study will address practical issues, such as: developing the basic tool fabrication process, synthesizing the specific rubber tool characteristics, and validating modeling predictions.


If thermal pressing is successfully developed, it will reduce the electrical energy, process time, expense, and labor involved with curing advanced composite materials.

Project Results


Kintz Plastics Inc.
165 Caverns Rd
Howes Cave, NY 12092

Principle Investigator

Wynn Kintz

Universities Involved

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Project Type:

On-site Process Improvement

Technologies Types:


NYSERDA Contact Information

Miriam Pye


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST11132-1

Last Updated: 9/15/2014