The OPTIMA 3D Series 500 is primarily a Jacquard Shuttle weaving machine, with various Warp Shedding formats available, capable of producing a comprehensive range of 3D Net Shapes, Billets, Para Beams and Multi-layer textile architectures. From a full spectrum of raw materials including Carbon, Glass, Ceramic, Aramid and Organic fibers. Industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Military, Bio Medical & Spacecraft will benefit from the new horizons OPTIMA 3D can offer Design Engineers in the field of Composite Engineering.

Optima 3D Ltd founded in 2018 is a High-Tech new start OEM company based in Huddersfield UK. June 2019 saw the launch of the OPTIMA 3D SERIES 500 at the ITMA19 world textile machine exhibition in Barcelona, Spain. Throughout this exhibition Optima 3D received accolades from both Industry & Academia from a global audience. The winning of a place at the prestigious “UK Innovations Awards” which was held at the UK National Exhibition Centre during the Advanced Engineering Expo in the fall of 2019 was a very proud moment for the team at Optima 3D Ltd.

The concept of 3D Weaving is well documented, many academic institutions have produced papers and various ideas on the advantages of 3D Woven Composites over Hand Laid Composites. Composites objects & shapes are traditionally produced by manually placing layers of material on or into a mold, resin is added between each layer to a desired level, the whole composite is then infused with the resin and placed into an autoclave oven for baking. The result is a 3D polymer laminate which can be machined and finished as required, this method of Composite production relies solely on resin to bond each layer together, and is prone to inter-laminar shear stress which can cause failures such as DELAMINATION where the resin bond fails and layers of the composite matrix become separated, a further failure is known as INTERLAMINAR MATRIX DAMAGE due to the resin bond failing but in this case the resin damages the matrix upon separation either of these events can lead to catastrophic failure.

This article appeared in the May–June 2020 issue of Reinforced Plastiics. Log in to your free Materials Today profile to access the article.

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