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Course: Composite Design-for-Manufacturing using AFP

Updated: Aug 9, 2022


Using composites to manufacture complex products such as the load-bearing structure of an aircraft requires designers to consider specific material and fabrication limitations when creating designs. The difference between conceptual design and composite manufacturing is so great that approximately 80% of manufacturing costs are based on design decisions made at the conceptual design stage of a composite component.

This course will focus on helping composites designers

  • Identify key manufacturing constraints: by following a systematic approach to evaluating the manufacturing process relative to the design steps.

  • Implement DFM for automated manufacture of composites: by following the design process flow provided.

  • Improve the manufacturability of a composite design: by understanding how the design decisions influence the manufacturing process.

  • Digitize tools to improve manufacturability: by quantifying what constitutes good composite manufacturing and embedding the knowledge within digital design tools.

Course structure

1. Composite Design for manufacturability: Present state

The article highlights the presently conceptualized and tried approaches as mentioned below. these approaches have been designed around the provided constraints e.g. available resources, time to project, minimum failure, data gathering, analysis possibilities, etc.