13 October 2015
13 October 2015
AIC Group has won a contract to manufacture a Hot Drape Former for a major European aerospace company.
According to AIC, the dimensions of the made to measure Hot Drape Former will be 2m x 7m and it will be used to make a wing spar. AIC explains that its hot drape forming technology allows laminates of over 20mm thickness to be formed to precise dimensions at up to 18m in length. Each former is specifically designed for a dedicated purpose with AIC delivering a superior bespoke engineered solution.
AIC adds that its Hot Drape Former Control System monitors every aspect of forming many times per second and automatically makes minute profile adjustments to achieve carbon forming accuracy never before thought possible. Accurate positioning of the lamp bank level of control far exceeds all other devices on the market, which means they can control each individual lamp whereas other Hot Drape Formers can only control them in sections.
Jamie Hardiment, AIC’s Head of Business Development, said, “Hot Drape Formers are essential for manufacturers in the aerospace industry. With expert knowledge of the composite industry and with AIC’s continued research and development, our Hot Drape Formers take carbon forming to new levels, enabling our customers to more efficiently produce aerospace wings and other composite parts.”
Photo provided by AIC
At the 2019 JEC Composites show, 12-14 March 2019 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, CGTech will demonstrate how advanced programming strategies and simulation can lead to better composite parts.
Researchers from Defence Science and Technology (DST) and USQ are working on a three-year collaborative project to develop next-generation repairs for composite aircraft structures.
Boeing has delivered the first of ten 787 Dreamliners to WestJet, marking the start of the airline's global expansion. Having long operated a fleet of Boeing single-aisle jets, WestJet will use the super-efficient, long-range 787-9 Dreamliner to profitably serve new international routes.