CMA Moldform are proud to have supported a major Tier 1 supplier in the development of a pioneering seating solution for the Military market.

The innovative project utilises suspended graphite foam, a specialist material that achieves the relevant smoke and toxicity requirements needed to meet the strict quality requirements for this market.

Due to complexities within the seating design, a number of challenges in sculpting and assembling the seats arose.

After understanding the capabilities and experience that CMA had to offer, the Tier 1 supplier enlisted the help of this specialist company to support the project.

CMA Moldform’s Technical Sales Manager, Tom Dunkley, explained how the relationship developed:

‘Our customer came to us with an immediate problem, which they needed solving quickly. They visited one of our four factory sites, and after qualifying the technical knowledge and competence of CMA they shared project data. We were convinced we could over come the challenges presented and so we accepted the project.’

Sculpting the main body of the seats using 5-axis CNC technology and using a 3D Printed stencil to hand-cut the intricate elements, CMA were able to produce parts to a high level of accuracy.

The individual parts were then bonded together using a specialist adhesive from CMA’s select range of qualified materials, meeting the exacting standards and high level detail of the brief required for this niche Military market.

The bonding processes required within this innovative project were delivered through on-going investment for CMA into a brand new ‘Specialised Products’ division, championing the use of disruptive technologies and specialist materials for expansion into the Medical, Aerospace and Defence sectors.

The Tier 1 supplier emphasised the need to work closely with local manufacturers who surpass all known barriers to market by encompassing innovative solutions and new technologies:

‘With this project we were keen to work with a local company, who we could rely on to turn parts around very quickly to a high level of accuracy.

Through the Made in the Midlands network we were made aware of the key competencies of CMA and when visiting them on site we saw first hand the exacting standards to which they operate.

After receiving first off parts in record time, I am delighted to say that our customer is extremely impressed with the finished product, and we couldn’t be happier.’

The immediate success of this project has lead to further communication between the two Midlands manufacturers, with opportunities for additional project collaboration leading into 2016 and beyond.

CMA Moldform specialises in Low Volume Parts Production and prototyping, supporting Automotive, Art, Special Vehicles, Scale Model and Industrial markets. With exacting quality standards and an unrivalled attention to detail, CMA offers an exceptional level of service to its worldwide customer base.

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