Plug-n-Place Multi-Tow Fiber Placement System

Updated: Apr 4

Addcomposites is one of the fastest-growing composite additive manufacturing system providers. Based in Finland, it has completed more than 10 AFP system installations across Europe and North America. Their plug-n-place solution converts any existing robot into an AFP system, producing aerospace-grade placement accuracies for dry, thermoset, and thermoplastic composites layups.


With the knowledge gained from years of development of our flagship fiber placement system, the AFP-XS, Addcomposites is bringing their first multi-tow AFP solution to the market. The system relies on the same plug-n-place automation architecture and can be programmed to deposit variable numbers of tows while keeping the compact footprint that Addcomposites is known for.



Benefits

  • High repeatability and placement tolerances

  • Plugs into an existing robotic arm

  • Decide how many tows to place in certain locations

  • Available for a monthly subscription*

  • Modular heads enable for multi-format and multi-material type preforming

  • Reliable layup over large and complex geometries

  • Highly adaptable to meet research, development, and manufacturing requirements


Applications

  • Concave parts (winglets, fuselage parts)

  • Sandwich parts (engine nacelles and casings)

  • Closed sections (pressure vessel)


Key features

  • Multi width operations: Tapes: 2-tow, 4-tow*


  • Layup speeds: 500 mm/s, 1000 mm/s*

  • Adaptable to complex shapes

  • Capture process data

* Upcoming Capabilities


Addcomposites

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.


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