Case study spotlight: Ultra High Rate Composite Deposition System for NCC
This month we delve into one of the largest and most challenging projects the Loop Technology team has undertaken so far.
With innovative engineering and support from consortium partners Güdel and Coriolis Composites, the team created a system that is helping the National Composites Centre (NCC) make huge leaps forward in composite manufacturing.
The National Composites Centre (NCC) needed a way to revolutionise the production of commercial aircraft wings; to build wings 10 times faster than what was possible with existing methods.
The Ultra High Rate Composite Deposition System allows the NCC to develop and automate the production of large composite preforms, and achieve processes with millimetric accuracy.
A 31m x 17m preforming cell integrating several technologies to deliver a range of capabilities including:
- Cutting and kitting ply up to 5m wide x 20m long
- Deposition of both dry fibre tape and wide format ply
- Trimming of preforms to net-shape
Click to learn more about some of the technology we provided:
Pick, form and layup ply onto double curvature shapes.
Trims preforms to net shape.
Pick and roll up dry fibre ply up to 20m in length.
Generate and simulate ply pick and place.
You can discover all the technology and the challenges involved on our website:
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