Shape recently pressed multiple parts for a customer. The ShapeTex dry fibre preform was consolidated around a stainless-steel insert to create a simple multi-material part for use in the hospitality industry sector.
The part was developed for a customer and uses long fibre reinforcements to meet exacting stiffness and performance targets and is close moulded in one go – and therefore needs no trimming.
Shape Machining Ltd’s Managing Director, Peter McCool, said “We have demonstrated, yet again, the ability of the ShapeTex two-stage process to make parts rapidly, to specification and with zero carbon waste.”
Shape made the ShapeTex preforms using dry carbon fibre and applied the epoxy resin during the secondary pressing process.
McCool continued “The combination of a metallic insert embedded between two carbon fibre preforms has applications in many industry sectors.
Our in-house R&D is pushing to make high volume, carbon fibre parts a reality.
The huge market potential of this technology for our customers, across all industry sectors, is a real driver for us.”
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 closed moulded carbon fibre bottle openers)