Case Study – The Modix BIG-60: A Game-Changer for the Composite Manufacturing Industry

Case Study

Manufacturing carbon composite parts for aviation- TCB Composite

The Company

TCB Composite is a manufacturer and seller of commercial composite aircraft spinners and bulkheads for military and commercial aerospace applications such as Piper, Cessna & American Grumman. The company provides tailor made parts and needs to create large and robust molds for composite materials for aviation and aerospace industries.

The Challenge

Traditionally, TCB Composite would use CNC machining to create molds for composite materials. However, this process was time-consuming and expensive, and it often resulted in parts that were not as accurate as desired. The company also needed to find a way to create larger molds, as the demand for larger aircraft parts was growing

The Solution

TCB Composite turned to Modix BIG-60 printing as a solution to their challenges. The company purchased a Modix 3D BIG-60 printer, which has a large build volume of 600 X 600 X 660 mm. This allowed TCB Composite to print larger molds more quickly and accurately than ever before.

In conclusion, The Modix BIG-60 has been a valuable asset to TCB Composite. The printer has allowed the company to create large and accurate molds for composite materials more quickly and easily than ever before. This has helped TCB Composite to improve its production process and meet the growing demand for larger aircraft parts.

“The fixtures in the carbon fiber part allow us to fixate it so that we can always accurately drill holes. It took about 60 hours each at 80 mm/s, PLA. The solid one is about 2.5 lbs. of plastic, the one with holes about a pound less.” said Neal Crookston, Production Supervisor at TCB Composite. 

Information box:

Company: TCB Composite


Application: Mold making, Prototype creation, Rapid tooling
Fixtures, End-use parts

Vertical: EAerospace, Manufacturing,
Automotive, Industrial

The Printer: Modix BIG-60