CCS plans to develop the idea in a joint project with its partners HOPE Technik Pte Ltd, KUKA Robot Automation (M) Sdn Bhd, SGL Group and TRUMPF Pte Ltd. While HOPE will focus on integration and prototyping (HOPE), (KUKA) will offer robotics. Thermoplastic composite material will be supplied by SGL and industrial laser technology by TRUMPF. 

CCS and its partners say that they are building on recent advancements in high-performance carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) material and automation to create a way to make components without expensive moulds and tooling. 

“The idea of freespace composite manufacturing – that we are developing further in this project – is certainly pushing the boundaries of what is possible with today’s technology,” said Dr. Florian Doetzer, MD of CCS, who is leading the project. “It is the joint competence of world class project partners that will allow us to achieve something that has never been done before.” 

Pushing boundaries

“The success of the project will push the boundaries in materials engineering in Singapore and have disruptive implications in the high-technology based manufacturing for the aerospace, aviation and motoring industries,” said Edwin Chow, executive director for the innovation and start-ups group, standards, productivity and innovation board (SPRING) Singapore, which is supporting the project.