Shape Machining Ltd makes ShapeTex preforms directly from the bobbin.
The ability to lay down fibre straight from the bobbin into the required, optimised, shape is the reason a ShapeTex preform is extremely cost effective and efficient.
Managing Director, Peter McCool, said “Our manufacturing process does away with many of the stages that a traditional prepreg composite process requires – therefore we can offer a significant cost saving – for the right part.
We lay the fibre directly from the bobbin into the final laminate doing away with the weaving process, pre-pregging, kit cutting and a final hand laminating process – all of which add cost to the final part.
This is a significant advantage for our process and is opening up new markets that were previously uneconomical for composite materials.”
The technology that Shape is bringing to market will make composite parts in minutes and with very little waste. Each ShapeTex preform can go directly to a consolidation process with no intermediate steps.
McCool added “We are attracting significant interest for our technology from the sporting and lifestyle goods market – because we are so cost competitive. This is good news for Shape and our customers as these significant benefits will flow into all sectors of the composites industry in due course.
Our straight from the bobbin approach offers significant cost savings!”
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 Shapetex preform being made with fibre straight from the bobbin)