Fiberforge (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) has introduced the latest generation of its patented Relay Station tape laying system for the production of fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite structures. The new Relay Station produces parts up to six times faster than the company’s original system, with increased flexibility and adaptability and a more user-friendly interface. According to the company, the new system rapidly lays up a multi-ply laminate out of unidirectional, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite tape. The resulting product, a near-net shape sheet material referred to as a Tailored Blank, is then consolidated and thermoformed into a final part. The new system reportedly can process more than 1 million lb (about 453,600 kg) of fiber-reinforced tape annually.
Editor PickCygnet Texkimp launches robotic 3D winding machine
Cygnet Texkimp Ltd. (Northwich, Cheshire, UK) has launched what it says is the world’s first robotic, high-speed, 3D winding machine capable of making curved composite parts.