"FRP" stands for "fiber reinforced plastic". By itself, FRP is not very strong, but when combined with fiber, its strength improves dramatically. It is used across many industrieslike construction, automotive, and rail.
"CFRP" stands for "carbon fiber reinforced plastic". Carbon fiber is a strengthening agent and is the reason that CFRP is stronger and more rigid than FRP. Because it is both lightweight and durable, CRFP has attracted interest from the aviation industry as a substitute for conventional aluminum alloy.
"Vacuum casting" is a method of forming plastic. Instead of using a metal mold, the process involves pouring resin into a plastic mold made of a rigid material like FRP. Plastic can be formed for more quickly and at a lower cost compared to metal molds using vacuum casting because the technology allows for design changes without the need for a new mold. It is an effective method in situations that require frequent design changes at the start of the development stage.Click here for details
"Plating" is a process by which the surface of various materials (metal, glass, fiber, plastic, ceramic, etc…) is coated with a thin film of chrome, nickel, gold, silver, etc…. This process protects metals that oxidize easily while providing an attractive, high quality finish to a product's surface.
FDM (3D Printing)
Fused deposition modeling or "FDM" is a modeling method developed in the U.S. by Stratasys. While there are other types of 3D printing like "rapid prototyping", compared to FDM, they are weaker and more prone to deformation. Since FDM uses the same industrial resin as actual products (e.g, ABS), it has the benefit of producing extremely strong and durable models.
"NC machining" refers to "number control machining" which, as the name suggests, is a processing method performed by controlling numbers. Tool like drills are operated using a program and are used to process materials like metal. It requires considerable experience to perform NC machining correctly and is considered a craft within itself.