Lightweight composite parts have been successfully manufactured using ShapeTex preforms in a recent automotive development programme.
Shape Machining Ltd’s Managing Director, Peter McCool, said “Our ongoing research and development continues to demonstrate our ability to manufacture advanced composite parts for the automotive sector.
An optimised ShapeTex preform can be manufactured in the volumes required and at the rate that is required to satisfy the demands of the majority of UK OEMs.”
Ongoing research at Shape is focused on reducing the cycle times still further.
McCool added “The potential of this technology to transfer across all industry sectors is really exciting. The manufacture of net shaped parts, quickly and with zero waste is a target for all our customers whether they are selling cars or consumer sporting goods.”
Shape designs and manufactures continuous fibre reinforced preforms in a range of materials for the automated production of composite parts.
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 automotive parts made using a ShapeTex preform)