Capabilities of Automated Fiber Placement
Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) equipment has become significantly faster and more reliable and, now that AFP technology has been proven for a variety of parts, more companies are considering AFP equipment to replace their existing processes. But before they do, it is important to learn AFP’s capabilities and limitations. The 1-hour presentation in the video below discusses the challenges and rewards of using AFP. It describes the interaction between part programming and machine functionality, and how it is affected by part geometry, ply boundary shapes, lay-down path trajectory, material limits, and the physical behavior and mechanics of the fiber placement head and machine.