Shape Machining Ltd has launched a new process that it says can reduce the time it takes to make thermoplastic carbon composite parts.
Shape Machining Ltd has launched a new process that it says can reduce the time it takes to make thermoplastic carbon composite parts.

UK machining company Shape Machining Ltd has launched a new process that it says can reduce the time it takes to make thermoplastic carbon composite parts.

The Shape FastForm process has reportedly been used to test a whole range of thermoplastic materials, from a variety of material suppliers. Every material that was tested was processed quicker than engineers had observed from any other composite processing technology, the company said.

‘We have developed this technology as part of our road map strategy for high volume composite part manufacture,’ said managing director Peter McCool. ‘The ability to manufacture carbon parts in minutes, reliably and in a fully automatable process is a significant breakthrough. I am confident that this process will allow us to manufacture high volumes of composite parts for a wide variety of industry sectors.

‘For production runs from 50 – 30,000 per annum the FastForm process should be the most cost-effective solution for composite part manufacture,’ he added. ‘But we already know that when the process is fully automated, and it can be, production volumes ‘of 100,000 per tool per annum are possible.’

This story is reprinted from material from Shape Machiningwith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.