RWTH Aachen’s Aachen Centre for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) says that it has implemented adhesive-free bonding of thermosetting and thermoplastic fiber reinforced plastic for the first time in large-series production with cycle times of less than three minutes. The demonstrator made of carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy resin shell element and glass fiber-reinforced PA6 ribbed structure was derived from the current BMW i3.

The process took place as part of the OPTO-Light research project in cooperation with BMW AG, KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, ARGES GmbH, Precitec GmbH & Co KG, Sensortherm GmbH and Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH.

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