Compoxi at Girona, Spain has installed an automated fiber placement (AFP) solution from Addcomposites (Espoo, Finland). The compact AFP-XS technology enables layup with high placement accuracy for space applications with aligned continuous fibers and very little manual labor.
Compoxi’s manufacturing facility is located in Girona, Spain. It is ideally suited for the manufacturing of advanced composites structures with the latest state-of-the-art equipment. Compoxi, with its deep know-how in materials and processes which were acquired through more than 10 years of experience, strives to provide the best solution for Space and Aeronautic markets.
With the latest AFP-XS installation, Compoxi is aimed to:
Characterize and Qualify AFP-XS technology for Space applications
Increase the know-how to offer a broader range of services and portfolios to their customers
Explore new and sustainable material for space applications
Offer new services to growing new space economy targeting constellation and medium-to-high volume productions
“Higher placement accuracy, especially with qualified materials for space application, will widen the application domain of the AFP-XS technology,” says Addcomposites CEO, Pravin Luthada. “We are fully committed to supporting process development work at Compoxi that will enable faster adoption of such accessible technologies in the space applications.”
“Our goal is to qualify the process and materials that meets the criteria set forth by main stakeholders of Space and NewSpace markets that Compoxi is serving. We believe this would help reduce the major barriers for the adoption of compact AFP solutions for producing high-quality composite parts at adequate rate and cost for each particular space application,” says Compoxi CEO, Marc Gascons.
Addcomposites is the provider of the Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) system. The AFP system can be rented on a monthly basis to work with thermosets, thermoplastic, dry fiber placement, or in combination with 3d printers.