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AFP manufacturing process kinematics, process parameters, and gathered data from the process are constantly used to optimize the part's design. This idea leads to a solution space that is very vast for a manual designer to explore.

The Present State of Composite Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

The most suitable repair techniques are heavily dependent on the details of the structure because composites excel at being tailored to meet very specific needs, there are few “universal” materials and methods that can be used to achieve successful results.

What Engineer Need to Consider When Conducting Composites Repair

Ever since continuous fiber 3D printers burst onto the scene in 2014, engineers around the world have sought a system that could 3D print large-scale continuous fiber-reinforced parts. This has created a niche of opportunity for new innovations among machine tool-building startups.

Things to Consider in Additive Manufacturing using Continuous Fiber

Freedom to digitally design structures with continuous fiber trajectories enables 10x enhanced structural and other properties, this presents an opportunity to utilize composites in even more industrial applications.

How to Make Structure Production by Adding Reinforcement in Plastic?

Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) is an additive manufacturing process that has three different inputs: fiber/polymer tape, heat, and pressure. This technology aims to replace manual workers in composites manufacturing with better productivity and less material waste.

What is Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) in Composites Manufacturing?

The winning teams each receive manufacturing and business support to take their design to the next level.

Recycling wind turbines and modular robots: The winners of the Circular Economy Challenge.

The creation of structural properties during the manufacturing process is the hallmark of the composites process which brings in manufacturing defects that could not be foreseen during the design phase of the structure. It forces the production engineer to ask the question of discard or repair?

How to Identify the Defects and Damages in Composite Materials and Structures?

An air-breathing jet engine (turbofan) is widely used in aircraft propulsion. AFP systems are used for making the fan blades and containment casing for these jet engines. Here step by step process of making a jet engine blade via the AFP process is explained.

How to Produce a Jet Engine Blade via Automated Fiber Placement (AFP)?

Based on the 'Crover Effect' for locomotion in granular media, the CROVER robot is able to move through bulk solids and powders. The team wins $25,000 of manufacturing support from Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials to take their design to the next level.

Subterranean drone tackling food security wins The High-Temperature Carbon-Fiber 3D Printing Challenge

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Relative production cost comparison between CNC Machining and 3D Printing (FFF, Fused Filament Fabrication) of a sorting wheel.

Sorting Wheel: CNC Machining vs. 3D Printing (FFF)

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials are in an advanced stage of developing a new high-temperature carbon-fiber material designed for 3D printing.

Carbon-Fiber Material for 3D Printing Combines Performance With Geometry Agility.

$25,000 challenge to use newly-developed carbon-fiber filament for high-strength end products.

High-Temperature Carbon-Fiber 3D Printing Challenge

Artificially designed, amyloid-silk hybrid protein developed in Zhang lab even outperforms some spider silks

Microbially produced fibers: stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar

KyronMAX Challenge Community Vote Winner Design Log. This evolving article documents the process of Daniel Scott Mitchell, and Farbod Moghaddam as they work closely with Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Material engineers to develop their unique lacrosse head design.

KyronMAX® Challenge Community Vote Winner: Path to prototype design log

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