Manufacturing Process Solution
Simple is beautiful. The Fiberforge manufacturing process consists of four simple, discrete steps: Layup, Consolidation, Forming and Trimming.
Each step takes place rapidly on a dedicated station, where subsequent steps follow in rapid succession. Total production time of a single part— Just minutes.
Precise High-speed Layup
The driving force of our process is the Fiberforge RELAY Station – a state-of-the-art, automated tape layup machine that produces tailored blanks, near-net-shape pre-forms comprised of multiple layers of fiber and thermoplastic pre-impregnated tape. Fiber and tape are automatically oriented to maximize part performance.
High Pressure Consolidation
After lay-up, the tailored blank is consolidated on a specially built step-press. Consolidating the laminate under high pressure and temperature produces highly structural parts with very low void content- typically well under 1%. Since the process can consolidate multiple panels at once, actual consolidation time per part is very low.
Automated Heating and Forming
The tailored blank is then loaded into a shuttle system that carries it into an oven for heating. When heated to processing temperature, it quickly shuttles into a high pressure thermoforming press. Precise, matched-metal tooling rapidly forms the tailored blank into the final form. One operator runs an entire production cell.
Final formed parts are then moved to a trim station for final trimming with minimal scrap. In minutes you have a final part.
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