9/12/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

Airborne Reveals Portal to Print Composite Parts

Airborne has introduced a portal it created to design and print composite parts using existing industrial and qualified automated manufacturing systems. The first application of the portal is for thermoset laminates manufactured in prepreg material by Airborne’s Automated Laminating Cell (ALC) technology.

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Airborne portal can print composite parts

Airborne portal can print composite parts.

Airborne has introduced a portal it created to design and print composite parts using existing industrial and qualified automated manufacturing systems.

The portal is a web-based platform where users can design composite parts and receive direct feedback on performance and price. With this feedback, the user can optimize the design for his or her specific use-case and order the part. The first application of the portal is for thermoset laminates manufactured in prepreg material by Airborne’s Automated Laminating Cell (ALC) technology.

According to the company, the robotized system combines three functionalities in one system. The first is to create the laminate by automated tape laying (ATL). The second step is to cut the laminate into the required shapes, which can be used to nest multiple parts in one larger laminate. The third step is pick and place, which can be used to place local patches on the laminate, or to combine sublaminates into new, larger structures.

The portal is now operational for thermoset prepreg laminates made with the ALC system. Airborne plans to add its other automated solutions to this portal as well.

“This portal is a key building block of how we see the digital future of composite manufacturing,” says Marcus Kremers, chief technology officer at Airborne. “It demonstrates how intuitive, easy and fast it will be to design and use composite products. One doesn’t need to be a specialist anymore, all the know-how of composites and automation is embedded in Airborne’s algorithms and is fully automated. This will dramatically lower the cost of composites but also radically reduce the development time and speed up the adoption, so that composites can be used widely to make the world more sustainable and efficient.”

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