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.
CGTech helps demystify the process of programming automated composite machinery by introducing the key components of machine independent off-line programming software.
the Siemens Aerospace Center of Excellence's (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) developed the Siemens SINUMERIK 840D CNC system speeds production on a large ATL machine at the former Boeing Wichita plant (now Spirit AeroSystems) in Wichita, Kan.
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Hexcel is introducing several new products, including a new high-modulus carbon fiber and two new carbon fiber prepregs. Also on display will be a 400-mm thick carbon fiber laminate.AFP/ATL evolution Composites Technology
A view of the trends in automated fiber placement and automated tape laying from inside the supply chain.ATK Aerospace wins Air Force contract for composites inspection research Composites Technology
ATK Aerospace will work with the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and Ingersoll Machine Tools on the development of an on-tool inspection system for automated fiber placement (AFP).HITCO selects Plataine software Composites Technology
HITCO Carbon Composites will use Plataine's Total Production Optimizer software to improve manufacturing efficiencies and throughput.Fabrication methods Composites Technology
There are numerous methods for fabricating composite components. Some methods have been borrowed (injection molding, for example), but many were developed to meet specific design or manufacturing challenges. Selection of a method for a particular part, therefore, will depend on the materials, the part design and end-use or application.