After postponing CAMX 2017 due to Hurricane Irma, CAMX 2017 (Dec. 12-14; Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.) came back in full force.
Highland Composites’ Open-Architecture Composite Structures (O-ACS) offer damage-tolerant, ultra-lightweight structures with customized strength, stiffness and weight.
This detailed composite automotive tool was 3D printed using a Cincinnati Inc. BAAM system, sprayed with Polynt’s high-build coating system and machined/finished by TruDesign with less than 24 hours of labor.
CFRP demonstration tool made with Airtech’s Beta Prepreg is similar to the tool design used by Boeing for the 787 aft fuselage sections, including bladders/mandrels (red and white inserts) used inside stringers during autoclave co-cure with skin.
Stäubli demonstrates NC-controlled machining robots that require half the floorspace of conventional CNC machines while increasing speed and flexibility, enabling diverse operations in combination with machining.
ZSK technical embroidery systems produce complex-shaped tailored fiber placement (TFP) preforms using a wide variety of fibers — carbon, glass, aramid, thermoplastic, ceramic, etc. — as well as integrated wire for heating and sensing functions.
ExOne 3D printed silica or ceramic sand washout tooling offers fast, low-cost tooling for complex shaped composite parts, cured up to 350F. After cure, sand is “washed out”, soluble in room temperature water.
This 1st-gen prototype of Aria Group’s FXE sports car used RAMPF RAKU-TOOL CP-6070 epoxy modeling paste extruded over SB-0096 tooling foam which was then CNC machined to create hood and roof tooling for resin-infused composite parts.
Bright Light Structures uses Huntsman’s VITROX® HC 98010 and SUPRASEC® 9801 two-component polyurethane resin system to wet compression mold recycled carbon fiber mat, NCF and TP honeycomb into this 16-kg automotive load floor at same cost vs. 70-kg aluminum version.
Depestele and Texonic offer new weaves and hybrid fabrics using carbon, aramid and flax fibers.