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.
A view of the trends in automated fiber placement and automated tape laying from inside the supply chain.
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Web Industries' Dan Ott will discuss CFRP slit tape's role in advancing AFP adoption for aerostructure fabrication at the Carbon Fiber 2014 conference, Dec. 9-11 in La Jolla, Calif.CAMX 2014 preview: Automated Dynamics CompositesWorld
Thermoplastic resin and fiber and tape placement specialist Automated Dynamics (Schenectady, N.Y.) is featuring in its booth several parts and structures it has helped develop, incluing a helicopter tail boom, thermoplastic driveshafts, thermoplastic floor panels and more.CAMX 2014 preview: ATK Aerospace Structures CompositesWorld
ATK Aerospace Structures (Clearfield, Utah) is emphasizing its patented, automated technologies for domestic and international commercial, military and large launch vehicle products.Carbon Fiber 2014 expanded to include ATK presentation CompositesWorld
ATK's Barrett Milenski will discuss automated tape and fiber placement technologies at CompositesWorld's Carbon Fiber 2014 conference, Dec. 9-11 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., USA.CAMX 2014 preview: Hexcel CompositesWorld
Fiber and resins supplier Hexcel (Stamford, Conn., USA) is featuring in its booth HexTow HM63 carbon fiber, HexTool composite tooling, PrimeTex spread-tow carbon fiber fabric, HiTape dry carbon fiber reinforcements, HexPly M77 snap-cure prepreg and HexPly M79 prepreg.