Sheet Moulding Compound (SMC) is a high strength glass reinforced thermoset moulding material which is normally a compression moulded. It combines long glass fibre and unsaturated Polyester/ Phenolic/ Vinyl and Acrylic modified resins to produce a high strength moulding compound. These materials are usually formulated to meet the performance requirements of the part to be moulded. CME manufactures these materials at our Bayswater plant in Victoria.
Sheet Moulding Compound (SMC) is ideal for large structural components due to its high strength-to-weight ratio. SMC offers additional benefits in part design allowing localised rib reinforcement and bosses for fastening attachments and sub-assemblies. Significant tooling investment and overall component cost savings result from part consolidation. With the same coefficient of thermal expansion as Steel and excellent corrosion resistance, SMC is an ideal alternative to Steel and can be used in the same fluctuating temperature environments. The main benefit, however, is a typical 25% weight reduction achieved at a similar strength to steel.