SHEET MOLDING COMPOUND (SMC)
Compression molded sheet molding compound
Compression molded sheet molding compound (SMC) is a product which is light, strong, as well as recyclable, and has many applications such as automotive and truck body panels, marine decks and hulls, and a variety of industrial and structural uses. SMC is a type of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) which primarily consists of a thermosetting resin, glass fiber reinforcement, and filler. Additional ingredients such as low profile additives, cure initiators, thickeners, and mold release agents are used to enhance the performance or processing of the material. As with any material system, SMC can be formulated to meet specific performance features such as strength and cosmetic appeal.