Century Design Inc. (CDI, San Diego, Calif.) has developed a small production prepreg machine for small- to medium-sized producers. Its features include automated controls that incorporate processing recipes; a plug-and-play design that requires no facility changes to install or operate; and an optional ply consolidator that enables the production of prepreg widths of up to 1,000 mm/39.4 inches. The system benefits reportedly include a reduction in material costs of up to 40 percent.
Editor PickStrata, Reliance form partnership to advance aerospace composites
The partnership will look at opportunities in the production of carbon fiber aerostructures, prepegs as well as 3D printing of aerospace components and airframe panels.