Composite processing

Processing of fibre-reinforced plastics

A composite is a composition of several materials. By means of a resin, a bond is obtained between these materials. Here, the fibre-reinforced plastics provide the strength and the resin the binding. The combination of good properties and light weight makes these parts suitable for multiple applications.

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Custom components

From visual carbon components to complicated customised parts. From fibre-glass shapes to calculated constructions that make the most of the strength of these materials.

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3D-print tooling

Using our 3D-printers to make the shape or a mould. This unique way of producing moulds gives us much more freedom than conventional methods: everything is possible.

Composite processing combined with AM

Printed molds using AM technology offer the fastest and most cost-effective way to produce composite structures. AM moulds only need a few days to be produced. This while a conventional way can take weeks or months. Moreover, we avoid the high costs, manual labour and long lead times of traditional tooling manufacturing. Sacrificing cheaper moulds simplifies the production of hollow and enclosed components.

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Offered technologies

Within the Additive Manufacturing production method, different techniques/technologies are distinguished, each with its advantages and disadvantages.

Hand Layup

Hand layup is the simplest technique for processing composite. This method can only be used for products that only have one smooth side. The quality of the other side will depend on the structure of the fibre reinforcement used. With this technique, the entire composite element is built up by hand, with the resin being applied with a roller, spatula or brush. Multiple layers can be processed in the same way.

Vacuüm infusion

The vacuum infusion process is widely used in the manufacture of composite shapes, and has advantages and disadvantages compared to hand lamination. With vacuum infusion, a fibre package is placed in the mould, and a resin is sucked through this. The product is then removed from the mould after the resin has hardened. After finishing work on the mould, the product is ready. Complex composite shapes can be made with vacuum infusion, with the shape of the product depending on the shape of the mould in which the product is made.

Prepregs

The resin is already incorporated into the mould. This gives you the perfect ratio of resin, and the end product is extremely strong and light. The product is prepared by vacuum and oven heating. Prepreg is a clean, high-tech construction method. But this does come with a price tag.

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