Although composites offer many benefits, the historically high costs and long cycle times required for manufacturing components from complex, fiber-reinforced materials have been and remain a challenge. Application of automation and digital technology to fabrication processes have yielded some spectacular cost-cutting success stories. Among them are automated fiber and tape placement, high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) and, most recently, fast robotic processing of preforms. The latter has promised to eliminate a longstanding bottleneck in the production of complex 3D parts.
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Publication: Composites World
First Appeared On: 20th September 2017
Author: Ginger Gardiner