Additive Manufacturing of Aerospace Composite Structures
Z. August, R. Marcario, D. Hauber
Automated Dynamics, Niskayuna, USA
The ultimate goal for manufacturers of aerospace composite structures is a fully automated process like additive manufacturing. In-situ automated fiber placement (AFP) of thermoplastic composites (TPC) achieves this goal but aerospace industry acceptance has been slow. The industry standard process of thermoset composite layup followed by an autoclave cure is inefficient but well understood after decades of use. Thermoplastic composites offer process and property improvements over traditional thermosets that require a new mindset for designing, manufacturing, and testing advanced composite structures. This paper describes recent work to advance the state of the art in additive manufacturing of aerospace composite structures.
ITHEC 2016 Manuscript E5
Publication date: 01/10/2016
Manuscript E5 published in Conference Proceedings ITHEC 2016
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