A ShapeTex preform is designed and manufactured with ultimate performance in mind.
The ability to place carbon fibres exactly where required allows, each part made from a ShapeTex preform, to be highly optimised for performance. Performance in the context of composite materials can be strength, stiffness, mass or even cost focused.
Shape Machining Ltd’s Managing Director, Peter McCool, said “High performance is part of our company DNA. We add performance to all the parts we design and manufacture.
Our ShapeTex using customers have found interesting applications for our technology in a variety of industry sectors, with the sports and leisure goods market being particularly innovative in the pursuit of mass and cost reductions.”
The technical advantage of a ShapeTex carbon fibre part is derived from being able to place the fibres only where they are needed – along the load path.
With traditional woven fabrics there are 2 major fibre directions (warp & weft) and therefore no significant ability of optimise the fibre direction. This additional fibre mass is then carried in the final part.
“You don’t have to be a top athlete to want these performance gains. In all forms of transport, the goal is to reduce mass, save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.”, McCool concluded.
ShapeTex composite preforms are highly efficient for strength, waste and processing time.
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SHAPE Machining specialises in machining metallic tools, epoxy tooling block patterns, Rohacell foams and the trimming of carbon fibre parts for the automotive, motorsport and aerospace industry.
SHAPE Engineering offers a full range of design, analysis and project management services to support composite part and tool manufacturing projects.
SHAPE Composites supplies thermoset and thermoplastic composite preforms and parts ranging from bespoke autoclave cured carbon parts to larger volumes of hot pressed formed carbon parts.
ShapeTex – Optimised carbon fibre preform design & manufacture
(image of a typical high performance composite application)