Laser-based heating for fiber placement

Fiber placement machinery manufacturer Automated Dynamics reports that it is testing the use of a laser-based heating method for the production of fiber-placed composite materials.

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Fiber placement machinery manufacturer Automated Dynamics (Schenectady, N.Y.) reports that it is testing the use of a laser-based heating method for the production of fiber-placed composite materials. The laser-based heating method is currently being integrated into Automated Dynamics’ fiber placement technology and will be used to replace and/or supplement hot gas for heating. Benefits of the laser include improved control over temperature in the bond zone, improved reliability, increased material throughput, improved consolodation quality. The company plans to make the lasers an option on all of its composites processing equipment. Automated Dynamics purchased the laser from IPG Photonics (Oxford, Mass.). The effort is being partially funded with support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).