Light-weighting and material optimisation are relevant subjects to a wide range of industries including UAV’s and model aircraft.
ShapeTex is an innovative method of designing and manufacturing carbon fibre preforms. Each preform is highly optimized for strength or stiffness and ShapeTex has been demonstrated using commingled carbon fibres plus thermoplastic fibres as a more affordable volume manufacturing process.
The dry ShapeTex preform is simply consolidated into the net shape part using a heated press mould. Several thermoplastic materials are currently available to choose from, see the ‘Preform Materials’ section for further information.
Contact us if you think a ShapeTex preform would suit your application.
(Image of Parrot Bebop Drone Quadcopter courtesy of Wellbots)