KARL MAYER in KonText Project

January 23 2017

KARL MAYER Technische Textilien has equipped the Open Hybrid LabFactory in Wolfsburg with a multiaxial warp knitting machine, and is further developing this machine to enable fiber-reinforced constructions to suit the direction of force to be mass-produced. The project named KonText is scheduled to run from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2018 and is being carried out in cooperation with CETEX – Institut fur Textil- und Verarbeitungsmaschinen gGmbH (Not-for-profit Institute of Textile and Processing Machines) and other project partners. The idea behind this project is to separate the load-bearing carbon fibers in a multiaxial textile made from glass fibers with the multiaxial warp knitting machine, and only bring them together at exposed sections.

This principle of using the right material in the right place reduces the weight considerably – for a car bonnet, this might be as much as 25% less than a similar, conventional component. The volume of carbon fibers, and consequently the costs, can also be reduced. Producing this type of car bonnet is roughly 30% cheaper than the method using conventional CFRPs.

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