CAMX 2017 preview: Izumi International
Izumi International Inc. (Greenville, SC, US) is emphasizing its full line of winders, creels, warp and weft feeding, and tensioning devices for carbon fiber and other high-performance fibers.
Izumi International Inc. (Greenville, SC, US) is emphasizing its full line of winders, creels, warp and weft feeding, and tensioning devices for carbon fiber and other high-performance fibers. Izumi is also featuring information on its newest partnerships are with Musashi, makers of precision fluid dispensers, and Moltec, which provides wire and cable protection with patented Grip Lock technology. Booth P83.
Boeing and Airbus each is generating as much as a 1 million lb of cured and uncured carbon fiber prepreg waste each year from 787 and A350 XWB production. If you include the entire supply chain for these planes, the total is closer to 4 million lb/year. And with the automotive industry poised to consume (and waste) more carbon fiber than ever, recycling of composite materials has become an absolute necessity. The technology is there, but the markets are not. Yet.
ATL and AFP-based preforming options now abound for processing dry and/or impregnated reinforcements as quickly as 1 minute or less with potential yearly part yields in the millions.
The use of continuous fiber in additive manufacturing systems is not trivial, but it is being done. As this fabrication technology evolves and matures, options for applying it in everything from automotive to aerospace to consumer composites will expand tremendously, creating a host of new opportunities for the composites industry. Read here for who is providing what kind of additive manufacturing technology for use in composites fabrication.