New Technology- Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) Process

Jun 22,2016

RTM is a vacuum-assisted, resin transfer process with a flexible solid counter tool for the B-side surface compression. This process yields increased laminate compression, a high glass-to-resin ratio, and outstanding strength-to-weight characteristics. RTM parts have two finished surfaces.


Reinforcement mat or woven roving is placed in the mold, which is then closed and clamped. Catalyzed, low-viscosity resin is pumped in under pressure, displacing the air and venting it at the edges, until the mold is filled. Molds for this low-pressure system are usually made from composite or nickel shell-faced composite construction.

Suitable for medium volume production of larger components, resin transfer molding is usually considered an intermediate process between the relatively slow spray-up with lower tooling costs and the faster compression molding methods with higher tooling costs.

·       (1). Recommended for products with high strength-to-weight requirements

·       (2). Best suited for mid-volume production rates (range of 200 to 10,000 parts per year)

·       (3). Gel coats may be used to provide a high-quality, durable finish

       (4). Tooling can be made from many different materials - polyester, nickel shell, aluminum or even mild steel. The volume and life of program and tooling budget will help determine what is best

Volume recommendations are averages and provided only as a general guideline.  Actual volume efficiencies are a more complex matter requiring detailed statistics about the part to be manufactured.