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.
Read complete article
Boeing has manufactured two carbon fiber cryotanks that are being evaluated by NASA for use in heavy-lift launch systems. They offer 30 weight and 25 percent costs savings.Highlights: JEC Europe 2014 CompositesWorld
Composites enable high performance and lower weight in washtubs, wheelchairs and engine exhaust cones. Plus new, ultralight materials.Carbon fibers, prepregs CompositesWorld
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 CompositesWorld
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 CompositesWorld
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).