Fully Automated Preform Production of Complex Geometry CFRP Parts using Fiber-Patch-Preforming Technology

The preforming-infiltration process chain enables the use of low-cost dry fiber materials, highly automated processes and has a high potential to significantly reduce the manufacturing costs of composite structures. Fiber-Patch-Preforming (FPP) is a novel process for automated preform manufacturing of complex geometry parts. The developed preforming robot system enables the positioning of unidirectional carbon fiber patches at any position and orientation on a preforming tool. FPP enables a unique laminate design and offers the possibility to locally tailor product properties through fiber orientation and part thickness. Thereby the process aims to reduce manufacturing costs and reduce structural weight. Main applications are medical technology, aviation as well as sports and leisure industry.


The Author

Dr. Martin Steyer
Manz AG