AIC’s hot drape forming technology allows laminates of over 20 mm thickness to be formed to precise dimensions at up to 18 m in length.
AIC’s hot drape forming technology allows laminates of over 20 mm thickness to be formed to precise dimensions at up to 18 m in length.

AIC Group has won a contract to manufacture a hot drape former for a major European aerospace company. The dimensions of the made to measure hot drape former will be 2m x 7m and it will be used to make a wing spar.

AIC’s hot drape forming technology allows laminates of over 20 mm thickness to be formed to precise dimensions at up to 18 m in length. Each former is specifically designed for a dedicated purpose.

AIC’s PLC-based hot drape former control system can monitor every aspect of forming many times per second and can make profile adjustments to improve carbon forming accuracy.

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