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AFP & OLP

Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) has become an increasingly popular method of manufacturing in composites R&D projects as well as production. In a process that was reserved for aerospace structures for more than two decades, more and more SMEs are able to gain access to the benefits of AFP, such as:

However, the physical tool is only half the equation. Programming the robot is done through a process called Offline Programming (OLP). A proper OLP software allows the user to visually and intuitively program the robot to perform the required task, as well as evaluate the outcome through animation with spacial recognition.

Addcomposites wants to help you leverage the benefits of automation with state of the art equipment in four easy steps, no matter the size of your business. 

The plug-and-produce installation methodology allows for same day installation and calibration. Months long installation times are a thing of the past. 

1
Integrate

Programming with AddPath OLP   

is as easy as selecting the layup surface of your mold, inputting the fiber orientations, and uploading the resulting code to the robot. 

Upload
2

Working with Addcomposites creates opportunities for internal R&D projects and industrial collaboration with SMEs. Endless combinations of input variables

can be explored.

Collaborate
4

The AFP-XS utilizes the robots parent code, resulting in a minimal learning curve. This allows the end-user to begin producing parts upon installation.

Produce
3

AFP-XS

ADVANTAGES

 

• Single-fiber placement head with variable fiber width

• Particularly suitable for local fiber reinforcement

• Thermoset, thermoplastic, and dry fiber manufacturing capability

The AFP-XS by Addcomposites is capable of producing composite parts using various fiber and resin matrix materials. Enforcing its position as an ideal addition to any facility supporting research and development of processes, designs, and new materials. 

The AFP-XS is the lightest, most compact end-effector available for automated composite layup. Simply attach the AFP-XS to an industrial robot via the Schunk quick change, install our Rhino 6® plug-in, and upload files from your current 3D modeling software.

 

Capable of handling traditional and natural material, transitioning to automated layup has never been easier.  

Our plug & play approach enables short term use; the Schunk quick change allows for flexibility of robot use, including the length of time it is at your facility.

INDUSTRIES & APPLICATIONS

 

Aerospace

Dish antennas, cabin accessories

 

Automotive

Door panels, spoilers

 

Marine

Hydrofoils, bulkheads
 

Sports & Leisure

Bike seats, snowboards, watercraft paddles

 

AddPath OLP Software

The software was built with the goal of accessibility and customization in mind. The open platform allows for different material uses, layup techniques, fiber paths, and mold shapes to be used.

The Rhino 6 plug-in requires minimal installation time, and since most universities/R&D centers/technical clusters have existing Rhino 6 subscriptions, there is no additional learning curve or infrastructure investments. AddPath requires Windows, see full Rhino requirements.

Simply import your model, in .stp format, of the mold you will be using for layup, select the layup surface, then input the number and orientation of the desired layers. Our software will generate a preview of how the layup of each layer would look. With the option to suppress any unnecessary passes, selective reinforcement is achievable. After approval, the software will generate a simulation with collision detection. After everything is accepted, upload the file and resume production. Our toolhead communicates with the existing robot infrastructure to ensure seamless layup and communication.

 
 

Evaluation & Pilots

When determining if an automated fiber placement system is the best investment for your facility, there are many options to consider. Our customer focused team is available to help you decide which option is right for you, no matter the outcome.

The transition to any new system doesn't come without obstacles. We are available to answer any questions that arise; before, during, and after implementation. 

We're here to increase your research capacity and opportunity for industrial collaboration. 

Materials

Carbon

Fiber

Glass
Fiber
Natural
Fiber
Thermoset Resin
Thermoplastic
Resin