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Automated tape laying (ATL) and automated fiber placement (AFP) are processes that use computer-guided robotics to lay one or several layers of carbon fiber tape or tows onto a mold to create a part or structure. Typical applications include aircraft wing skins and fuselages.


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A view of the trends in automated fiber placement and automated tape laying from inside the supply chain.
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February supplement: Out-of-autoclave processing for aero applications CompositesWorld

We here at CW put together a supplement published with the February issue of the regular magazine that focuses on the technologies, tools and materials being used today in out-of-autoclave (OOA) processing for aerocomposites.

Fiber patch preforms help tailor kiteboard performance CompositesWorld

Automated means for laying fiber only where needed offers new potential to fine-tune torsional stiffness and flexibility to board and rider styles.

NASA/Boeing composite launch vehicle fuel tank scores firsts CompositesWorld

Subscale 5.5m-diameter cryogenic tank demonstrator with innovative fluted-core skirt is formed via robotic AFP and cured out of the autoclave.

Automated Dynamics adds laser-based heating to tech center AFP machine CompositesWorld

The Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) in New York is adding laser-based heating to its automated fiber placement machine, used for thermoplastic composites fabrication.

Flightware wins AFP inspection development contract CompositesWorld

The Defense Logistics Agency contract will allow Flightware to develop a time-saving, real-time, automated inspection system for use with automated fiber placement (AFP) systems.

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