Our Technology

Automated Material Placement

  • Steering using In-plane bending

  • Steering defects (Gaps & Overlaps)

  • Limited steering radius (over 500 mm)

  • Tape width is coupled with Steering radius

  • Complicated design process

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iCOMAT Technology

  • Steering using In-plane shear

  • No steering defects

  • Minimum steering radius less than 50 mm

  • Tape width irrelevant

  • Simplified design process

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 VS 

Defect-free Fibre Steering

  • Our innovative Rapid Tow Shearing (RTS), the world’s first automated composites manufacturing process that can place carbon fibre tapes along curved paths without generating defects.

  • Our patented fibre steering technology realises ultra-lightweight composite structures beyond the limit of the conventional straight fibre designs and complex geometry, which is not manufacturable using current state-of-the-art technologies.

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RTS process for UD NCF tapes

ADVANCED

STRUCTURAL

EFFICIENCY

HIGH

GEOMETRICAL COMPLEXITY

REDUCED

MATERIAL

WASTE

 

Fibres can follow directly the primary load paths

  • Reduction of stress concentration (holes, joints, etc)

  • Drastically improved buckling performance (insensitivity to geometric imperfections)

  • Drastic weight savings

  • Expanded design space improves all aspects of structural performance (vibration response, aeroelastic tailoring, etc)

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Realising complex composite structures non-manufacturable

in the past

  • Steering can lead to near net-shape preforms, reducing the material waste (e.g. curved wing stiffeners)

  • Steering of tapes is necessary to fully cover doubly-curved components

  • Potential benefits in forming performance

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More effective use of expensive materials

RTS can also drastically reduce 

labour costs and manufacture

times owing to minimised material

use and wastage.

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Without RTS

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RTS

Potential Uses

Carbon Fibre Aeroplane

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