PLASTIC FANTASTIC
Sewing airplane wings
This is one machine you don't want to get your finger stuck in. UK firm Cygnet Texkimp teamed up with the University of Manchester to build a robotic 3D winding machine that can speedily create complex and curved composite components.

The high-speed and cost-efficient machine produces parts that are both lightweight and strong. With demands for fuel efficiency and lower emissions growing, the new robotic 3D winder is ideal for the aerospace and automotive sectors looking towards next generation means of transport.

With 9 individual axes, this cutting-edge machine can wind carbon fibre at up to 60 m/min around shapes such as curves an airplane wing could be ready in just a few minutes. Whether the speed for unwinding a mistake would be as dramatic is another question.

Watch this YouTube video showing the impressive machine in motion.
12.10.2018 Plasteurope.com [240289-0]
Published on 12.10.2018

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