Shape Develops New Process for High Volume Composite Part Manufacture

December 03 2018

Shape has unlocked the key to high-volume composite part manufacture. Recent improvements to the way in which thermoplastic carbon fiber parts are press molded at Shape, has resulted in a significant reduction in the time it takes to mold a carbon fiber part in a closed metallic mold.

Shape Machining's Managing Director, Peter McCool, said: “This recent development allows Shape to go out into the market knowing we can offer high volume composite part manufacture. Our new process is applicable for all industry sectors, but it is particularly suited to applications where more than 500 parts are required.”

Shape has developed a process that can be fully automated. The new process has been developed using ShapeTex thermoplastic preforms but is equally happy to process woven, non-woven and recycled fabrics with thermoplastic matric materials.

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