Designing and Building Molds for Aerospace Requirements

The aerospace industry has some unique requirements for many of its plastic components, primarily because the polymers used for them are typically high-temperature, and glass-fiber and carbon-filled engineering thermoplastics. A supplier of molds and molded/machined components for this industry must understand that the conventional mold design approach does not accommodate the thermal expansion challenges typically associated with these materials.


Midwest Mold has successfully partnered with a customer on a government aerospace radar sensing device cover. During the project Midwest Mold built pre-production and production tooling used in F15 fighter jets. The Midwest Mold Team created value during R&D and then was awarded the production work by convincing the customer to validate manufacturability for a proprietary polymer. This resulted in cost avoidance for the customer by not prematurely kicking off production tooling that didn’t perform.