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Victrex, Electroimpact achieve thermoset AFP speeds using thermoplastics
Using Electroimpact’s AFP technology and Victrex’s low-melt PAEK prepreg tape, the companies report laydown speeds of 4,000 inches per minute.
Tow steering, Part 2: The next generation
Wings on next-generation commercial aircraft will be longer, thinner, more aerodynamic and more efficient. They also are ideal candidates for the application of steered tows. One project aimed to design, fabricate and quantify a tow-steered wing skin.
AFP tow steering comes of age, Part 1: Current state
It used to be enough that AFP systems could precisely and quickly place and cut multiple tows to build complex aerostructures. Now, fabricators need those tows steered, and the tighter the radius, the better.
New 3dpbm market analysis division presents AM industry study results
Analysis of composites additive manufacturing performed by the new market analysis and consultancy group shows the market generating $10.6 billion in yearly revenues by 2030.
3D printing with continuous fiber: A landscape
Growth continues in suppliers, part size, production volume and markets.
Combining AFP with 3D printing for flexible parts production
Electroimpact creates a multifunctional manufacturing cell for complex, aero-quality continuous fiber composite parts.
Electroimpact’s 6-axis continuous fiber 3D printer, one part of future multi-functional manufacturing cell
The Scalable Composite Robotic Additive Manufacturing (SCRAM) system 3D prints with continuous fiber tape or filament and seamlessly swaps end effectors for large-scale pellet deposition and CNC machining.
Boron fiber: The original high-performance fiber
History and future developments for high-performance boron fiber.
Composites in the race to space
Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.
National Composites Centre unveils digital composites technologies
The U.K.’s National Composites Centre unveils new composites manufacturing technologies, marking the culmination of a two-year, £36.7m digitization project.
Compression RTM for production of future aerostructures
Automated preforming and 5-min resin infiltration show a way forward for lower-cost CFRP primary structures.
A digital approach to automation
One aerostructures manufacturer’s journey from hand layup to AFP.
Evolving AFP for the next generation
‘Aerospace quality at automotive pace’ is the mantra of the supply chain being developed for next-generation commercial aircraft. Automation is evolving to meet the challenge.
CGTech joins NIAR to support ATLAS research
CGTech's AFP/ATL programming and simulation software will be used to support ATLAS aerospace composites research at the National Institute of Aviation Research.
Spirit AeroSystems debuts next-generation composite fuselage panel
The 18-by-12-foot (5.5-by-3.7-meter) demonstrator panel debuted at the Paris Air Show features integrated skin and stringers and offers substantial cost savings combined with strong performance attributes.
Automated, in-situ inspection a necessity for next-gen aerospace
Inline inspection technologies continue to evolve with the aim of providing faster and more accurate part inspection.
Large, high-volume, infused composite structures on the aerospace horizon
Infused carbon fiber composite structures are not new, but they have never been built at the rates anticipated for next-generation, single-aisle aircraft. It is a daunting prospect — but a feasible one.
Smarter, integrated data for ATL/AFP
More than helping to eliminate dry runs and costly errors, AFP/ATL software is beginning to benefit the whole product lifecycle through the interconnectedness of the digital thread.
Spirit AeroSystems acquires robotic Electroimpact AFP machine
The new machine, featuring an upgraded AFP head said to place material more than twice as fast as traditional machines, will be devoted to research and development.
The first composite fuselage section for the first composite commercial jet
Spirit AeroSystems was an established aerospace supplier when it earned that distinction, winning the contract for the Boeing 787’s Section 41. Now its sights are set on the next generation of aircraft.
Improving composites processing with automated inspection
Automated, in-situ inspection bypasses the bottleneck of manual inspection.
- Automated fiber placement machines
- Preform manufacturing equipment
- Auxiliary processing equipment
- CNC machining equipment (multiaxis)
- Computer controls and software
- Cutting equipment, ultrasonic
- Drilling and cutting tools
- Material handling equipment
- Projection/alignment systems, laser
- Robotic handling equipment
- Trimming equipment
- Knitting equipment
- Preform manufacturing equipment
- Other fabricating services
- Thermoset materials
- Automatic tape laying
- Fiber placement
- Vacuum forming
- Aerospace, flight control surfaces
- Aerospace, fuselage/wing
- Additive manufacturing/3D printing services
- Large format/tooling & prototyping
- Large format/tooling, prototyping & production
- Consulting, materials
- Consulting, process development