Taking advantage of the electronic record proves to be of significant value to composite fabricator’s record-keeping process.
The University of Stuttgart Institute of Aircraft Design is using adaptive mold technology to develop composite products and automated robotic manufacture processes for the construction industry.
The model acts as a composite industrialization guide, enabling support from early composite production development up to technological implementation.
The research will focus on the development of a commercially-ready system capable of robotic overprinting on pre-manufactured non-planar surfaces, with multi-material polymers and continuous fiber.
The software automatically optimizes slicing parameters for 3D printers, reduces print iterations and provides near instant feedback on the viability of a user’s project.
Aim is affordable, enclosed composites manufacturing cells for many different processes (AFP, grinding, buffing, sanding, drilling) in North American market.
U.K. consortium partners’ ACRIM II project aims to develop a low-cost, lightweight, all-composite wheel for electric vehicle applications.
High unit volume and low weight requirements for electric bus battery enclosures fueled development of TRB Lightweight Structures’ specialized epoxy system and automated composites production line.
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According to AMRC’s case study, Hexagon’s composite inspection technology uses 3D modeling to scan and map fiber orientation data, generating a 3D profile of the part being inspected.
Tenax dry reinforcements non-crimp fabrics and braided fibers will form the skins and stiffeners via automated RTM.
In its final stages of JETCAM testing, Quickstep maintains its future expansion plans for Industry 4.0 functionality and a paperless factory.
The two-step process involves deposition of thermoplastic prepreg via AFP, followed by vacuum-bag-only (VBO). Research has already been completed in the qualitative stage.
Integration of software solutions across PLM, ERP, asset management and supply chain will drive digital transformation across enterprises.
Collaborative robots use algorithm-based quality inspection systems to automate assembly and finishing processes for composite aerospace structures.
Strata assumes fabrication and assembly duties for inboard flaps production and plans to incorporate HDF and ATL machines into the process.
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The DrapeCube offers a cost-effective design for the production of fiber preforms from textile semi-finished products.
Flux One achieves new material properties and improved functionality with a continuous kinetic mixing (CKM) module and Fluxprint magnetic alignment to manage fiber orientation.
TeCS has established an Eastman technical demonstration facility inside composites specialist Kamm Projects Ltd. in Newcastle, U.K.
An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.
Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.
RWTH Aachen spin-off scales up production for low-cost, in-situ consolidated composites as inserts for lighter, cheaper injection-molded parts.
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The multi-scale material modeling software enables more comprehensive advanced composite design capabilities.
The company plans to expand and invest in automated cutting technology to go with established prepregging, pultrusion and autoclave cure expertise.
Its product lifecycle management solution enables more efficiency, collaboration and streamlining for product development.
The projects focus on technologies that can detect pre-existing damage and improve composite repairs for next-generation aircraft.
The system combines a tape-laying cell with a consolidation unit to produce fit-for-purpose blanks with 15-30 tapes in 1-minute intervals.
Manufactured by Airborne, the solution will support fabrication of composite horizontal tail assemblies for the F-35 fighter aircraft.