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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Machinery manufacturer Mikrosam featured its new automated tape laying (ATL) system, developed for a civil airplane parts manufacturer.Coriolis celebrates aerospace history, anticipates automotive future, at JEC CompositesWorld
Coriolis Composites (Queven, France) held a press event at its stand to celebrate its 15th year at the JEC Europe event.Trends in automation: ATL and AFP technologies increase speed, flexibilty CompositesWorld
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CW Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sloan seeks and finds the roots of automated tape-laying technology in the work done by close associates of legendary composites-industry pioneer Brandt Goldsworthy.Automated composites manufacturing, past, present and future CompositesWorld
CW guest columnist Rob Sjostedt is a partner and CEO at VectorSum Inc. He recalls his days at Goldsworthy Engineering and reminds CW readers that today’s product requirements are more challenging than ever, and creative new approaches are required.