Rick Fitzpatrick, a veteran of the injection molding industry, was very familiar with the limitations of conventional injection molding (CIM). Although CIM technology is one of the most versatile and commoditized manufacturing methods for producing plastic parts, it does not allow for the molding of polymers combined with fillers. Without this ability, engineers are limited as they look to develop next-generation molded products. Attempts to mold advanced engineering polymer composites with CIM processes and equipment lead to dramatically higher pressures, mold fill problems, residual molded-in stresses, decreased tool life, and low-quality parts. Unfortunately, adaptations to compensate for these problems are expensive and have inherent limited applications.
Rick was determined to find an easier and more economical solution. He started inventing Controlled Viscosity Molding (CVM) in his garage, developing the technology over a 15-year period. He machined all the components and developed the unique pressure control algorithms that resulted in 5 patents (now registered in 18 different countries) that became the backbone of X2F as it stands today.
Meanwhile, Rick’s friend from college, Ron Leach, was consulting for a private equity firm that was looking for an injection molding expert. That’s how Rick reconnected with Ron Leach, and together they founded X2F.
The X2F journey is a testament to the power of perseverance, teamwork and the spirit of innovation. Today, X2F uses these core values to guide the company in everything it does. X2F has built a dynamic team of experts dedicated to creating high-value advancements in multiple industries that have been limited by complex material processing challenges.