Multi-material preforms

Multi-material preforms

ShapeTex preforms can now contain multiple material patterns. Continuous carbon and glass fibres can be printed down separately in a single preform.

This level of preform customisation further extends the range of preforms that are now available under the ShapeTex brand.

In the example shown here carbon was used for the main load bearing area of the medical component with all the edges reinforced with glass fibres.

The simplicity of this preform hides the complexity that was involved in the design of the part. But the benefit for our customers is that the manufacturing process, using a single preform, is speeded up significantly.