22 November 2011
22 November 2011
Aurora Flight Sciences has decided tomake a major investment in Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) technology that will be used to manufacture larger and more complex composite structures for the aerospace industry at an affordable cost.
Aurora plans to locate this equipment at its Columbus, Mississippi manufacturing facility. After an evaluation of potential suppliers, Aurora explains that they selected Electroimpact of Mukilteo, Washington to develop a “state of the art” AFP machine for delivery next year. They say that Electroimpact is a supplier of automation equipment to the worldwide aerospace industry who pioneered the development of modular, detachable AFP heads which permit flexibility in the manufacturing process.
“The acquisition of AFP technology is an important step in expanding Aurora’s aerospace manufacturing capabilities,” said John Langford, Aurora’s President and CEO. “AFP technology will allow Aurora to continue its leadership position in delivering affordable aerospace structures to both commercial and military aerospace customers.”
Aurora plans to utilise its new AFP capability for manufacturing programs with its key customers, including the US Government, Sikorsky Aircraft, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and newest customer, Gulfstream. Aurora expects to achieve significant advances in the size and complexity of the high-quality composite structures it can build utilising AFP technology. Aurora intends to utiliseAFP equipment to produce composite aircraft structures for both current and future aerospace industry customers.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
Boeing and Thermwood have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X programme. The project is demonstrating that additive manufacturing is ready to produce production quality tooling for the aerospace industry.
CRP USA will display solutions for the space industry manufactured in the Windform family of materials at Satellite Innovation 2018 at the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, US, on 9-11 October.