Designed for the future, from the past
With past experiences in different industries all over the world, we noticed that composites manufacturing has a problem. This problem is that composites is lagging far behind every other forms of manufacturing in regards to automation. The monotonous and repetitive labor was causing health and quality issues, and knew it needed to change. So we set out to design the smallest, lightest, most versatile tape laying system available to improve upon those past experiences.
Converging in Finland brought a new perspective as to what could be done. Using our knowledge, and incorporating the high standards that come with Finnish Design, we set out to change SME manufacturing capabilities. Years of R&D and a few iterations later, we have come up with the current solution: AFP-XS.
The AFP-XS can handle any combination of fibers and low-heat matrix (<200˚C), and deposit them on complex mold surfaces. This lightweight system can be installed in half a day, making it truly versatile; both in production capabilities and ability to be moved to other production cells based upon need.
Visit our Pricing page to see how you can employ the AFP-XS at your facility for just €1,999 per month.
The smallest, most versatile tape laying system. Ever.
• Single-fiber placement head with variable fiber width
• Particularly suitable for local fiber reinforcement
• Thermoset, thermoplastic, and dry fiber manufacturing capability
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.
Concave or convex panels with double curvatures
Dish antennas and longboards
Complex parts with narrow radius
Spars and Bulkheads
Ply drop-offs and ramps over corners
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 below.
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.