Tooling boards, which can also be referred to as modelling boards, are the material choice for many industries and are most often used to make prototype models and designs across industries such as the aerospace, motorsport, and industrial industry.
Tooling boards are made from filled polymer materials which can then be bonded together to form larger blocks. This is then often shaped using CNC machining.
Although you might not have come across the phrase tooling boards, they are used in a range of familiar products, and manufacturers rely on them in a wide range of commercial environments as well as in day-to-day life.
There are two main types of tooling boards – epoxy and polyurethane which have differing properties.
Epoxy Tooling Boards
Epoxy Tooling Boards withstand high-temperature applications, where material needs to be put under intense stress. It has high dimensional stability, and therefore best suited to where the production of highly accurate and complex moulds is required.
Polyurethane Tooling Boards
Polyurethane tooling boards are mainly used in lower temperature applications and tend to be much cheaper than Epoxy. They are lightweight and versatile for prototype modelling work as well as common use in film sets.