The PrePro 3D tape placement head at the technical center of the University of Limerick in Ireland.
The PrePro 3D tape placement head at the technical center of the University of Limerick in Ireland.

Composite manufacturing company Conbility has reportedly installed a modular system for tape winding and tape placement at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

According to the company, its PrePro 3D system includes laser-assisted thermoplastic tape placement, infrared-assisted thermoset prepreg placement including the unwinding of backing paper, and dry fiber placement. The system installed in Limerick is equipped with an infrared heating source but can be upgraded with a high-power diode laser system, Conbility said. The system’s tape placement and winding applicator is available as modular tool with decentral control system and Human Machine Interface (HMI) including closed-loop control of energy input into the processing zone.

‘[The system] will significantly enhance our capability to conduct research on processing of novel composite structures, allowing us to realize and validate the novel designs developed by our research team for a variety of high-performance applications,’ said Dr Ronan O’Higgins at the university.

This story uses material from Conbility, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.