Thermoplastic Composites

Overview

Greene Tweed’s thermoplastic composites provide solutions for aggressive and demanding applications. Through the use of novel fiber forms and matrix combinations, our composites service a wide variety of markets and needs. Whether in need of wear performance, part consolidation, mechanical strength, or environmental and chemical resistance, Greene Tweed’s material portfolio is fully characterized and backed by an experienced design, analysis, and manufacturing engineering team.

Greene Tweed specializes in the design and manufacture of components composed of high-performance thermoplastic matrices, with a focus on PEEK, PEI, PEKK, PFA, PTFE, and PA. These matrices, combined with short, discontinuous, braided, woven, and unidirectional fibers of both glass and carbon variations, enable tools for next-generation technology demands.

MATERIALS AND CAPABILITIES

Xycomp near net molded structural components

Arlon near net molded structural components

WR wear and abrasion products

AR wear and abrasion products

ONX Semiconductor products

Orthtek medical finished machined structural components

Orthtek medical semi-finished machined structural components

WR wear and abrasion stock shapes

AR wear and abrasion stock shapes

Arlon wear and abrasion stock shapes

  • Net & Near-Net Molded – Complex components produced from custom tooling, providing excellent customization & repeatability
  • Machine Finished – Stock material machined to print to meet specific application requirements
  • Stock Shapes – Molded tube, rod, or plate in stock shape/billet form (multiple OD/ID/lengths/sizes) available for immediate delivery

Resins

greene tweed polymers

  • PEEK (Polyetheretherketone) and PEKK (Polyetherketoneketone) – Semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymers with superb mechanical & chemical resistance properties retained at elevated temperatures
  • PEI (Polyetherimide) – Amorphous thermoplastic polymer offering outstanding chemical stability & FST performance
  • PFA (Perfluoroalkoxy) – Fluoropolymer offering chemical resistance & thermal stability
  • PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) – Fluoropolymer with low friction properties & abrasion resistance
  • PA (Polyamide or “Nylon”) – A highly moldable, strong, and economical matrix; a cost-competitive option for applications not requiring extreme elevated temperature performance

Fiber Types

Carbon Fiber

Glass Fiber

  • Carbon Fiber – Provides superior strength to weight performance, impact, & fatigue characteristics
  • Glass Fiber – An economical & fiber form, offers electrical & galvanic isolation in addition to good mechanical strength properties

Fiber Forms

Xycomp Discontinuous Long Fiber or Chopped Fiber

Continuous Fiber Roll

  • DLF (Discontinuous Long Fiber) – A novel, quasi-isotropic chopped fiber form offers a cost-effective & strong composite material solution; ideal for complex-shape metal replacement
  • Continuous Fiber – Greene Tweed’s highest performing & strongest materials, offered in unidirectional, fabric, & braided forms

Manufacturing Capabilities

Hybrid Press

Wear and abrasion product Isostatic Molding

Laser Winder

  • Compression Molding – Automated multi-press workstations provide precise and tailorable pressure & temperature processing cycles
  • Isostatic Molding – Unique molding process where pressures are applied evenly in all directions around the part being made
  • Laser WindingFully automated process for laser-assisted tape winding & curing in a single step