Nagoya University, National Composites Center Japan

Molding Development of High-Speed Large-Product Press Molding Technology (the LFT-D method) Using Thermoplastic CFRP

Technical Classification:
[ Molding ]
[ high-cycle molding ] [ LFT-D ] [ low cost ] [ Thermoplastic CFRP ]

Point of the Proposed Technology

The structure using thermoplastic CFRP can be molded in one minute.
Stiffness and costs equivalent to those of the aluminum structure are realized by lighter structure than that of the aluminum.
It is possible to respond to mass production on the scale of 100,000 units per year.


Realization of light weight

New Technology

Continuous carbon fibers and thermoplastic resin pellets are kneaded by the biaxial extruding machine, and extruded materials are placed in the cutting,conveying, and material handling processes, and finally high-speed press molding is applied.
The LFT-D press molding can be made at a high speed and low cost, and offers adhesion capability.
A study result of the chassis structure (succeeded in replacement of aluminum chassis of the Lotus Elise)

Video of the Proposed Technology

Technology Deployment and Cooperation

Development Stage
Prototyping / experimental Stage (to be completed in 2023/3; progress: 50%)
Intellectual Property Right
Joint Researchers (their role)
Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda R&D Co., Ltd., SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION, SUBARU CORPORATION, Toray Industries, Inc., Teijin Limited, Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., Kyowa Industrial Co., Ltd.
Example of Application
Technical Problems
Further improvement of mechanical properties
Further improvement of moldability
Collaborator needed to Improve
Technical WEB page


Personnel / Department
National Composites Center Japan / Manami Komatsu
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi, 464-8603 Japan
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Outline of Company and Organization

Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi, 464-8603 Japan
Capital / No. of Employees
0 yen /
Product Line
Major Customers
Overseas Base(s)
Company/Organization WEB page

Update date: 2020/3/5

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