Open Mind Technologies leverages ultrasonic knife cutting strategy for composites

HyperMill from Open Mind Technologies utilizes CAM software for ultrasonic knife cutting strategy.

Katie Leesemann
Editorial Assistant, Gardner Business Media


Velocity Composites completes first kits from advanced manufacturing facility in Alabama

Full-rate production for GKN Aerospace should begin before next financial year, site will serve as hub for other launch customers as composites grow in wind energy, urban air mobility and electric vehicles.
#wingoftomorrow #space


JEC World 2023 preview: Techni-Modul Engineering

Smart Control automated technology enables high-rate, AI-driven kitting, stacking and layup of preforms and composite parts.
#automation #jec

Mass Transit

Innoptus Solar Team uses Jetcam software to optimize production of solar vehicle

The world title-holding, Belgium racing team is producing its tenth composites-intensive solar car using Jetcam Expert nesting software.


JEC World 2023 preview: Eastman Machine Co.

Stop by Eastman Machine’s booth to see firsthand full-scale automation in conjunction with the Eagle C135 conveyorized cutting system.
#jec #automation

Automated cutting accelerates

Automated cutting accelerates

Software/hardware advances and peripheral equipment make flatbed cutters essential to automated production scenarios.
#adhesives #boeing #workforcedevelopment

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Difficult Materials Make Automated Fabric Cutting More Indispensable than Ever

With lingering supply chain shortages, difficult-to-cut materials like Kevlar and many others demand a more accurate and efficient cutting process. Automated cutting is the answer.


Improve production with five-axis machines built for composites

Virtually tour (4) USA-Made 5-Axis CNC Machines designed and engineered to help companies improve profits by decreasing cycle times and improving part quality. (Sponsored)


How Digital Cutting Technology Reduces Costs and Improves Flexibility

Automated cutting of composites reinforcement and other technical textiles is faster, more accurate and can result in dramatic reductions in material waste and labor. Having the right software is the key to getting the best results.


Automated Cutting of Composites Reinforcement Saves Time and Material, Improves Quality

Automated cutting of reinforcement materials is fast, accurate and reliable. It reduces labor costs and material waste and can substantially boost throughput.
#weaving #customcontent #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

C-FREX exoskeleton depends on CFRP for unpowered movement

C-FREX uses a novel design and CFRP to overcome the heaviness and weakness of metallic exoskeletons.
#insidemanufacturing #autoclave


Composites 4.0: digital assistants, edge computing and the future of smart factories

Plataine reviews developments and discusses where composites manufacturing is headed.
#automation #workforcedevelopment #windblades


Zero-waste: New process, equipment recycles prepreg, tape offal

Technology provides sustainable approach to reusing valuable thermoplastic scrap in chips-based laminate.
#workinprogress #sustainability #discontinuousfiber


Innoptus Solar Team select JetCam for 2023 World Solar Challenge vehicle fabrication

JetCam software streamlines nesting performance for composite ply assembly and cutting for the team’s 100th solar vehicle.  

Carbon Fibers

Eastman Machine automated cutting equipment increases HanseYacht efficiencies by 85%

Since implementation of its first conveyorized cutting system, the recreational boatbuilder regularly seeks ways to improve its composite material handling processes.  


Schmidt & Heinzmann camera system awarded 2022 AVK Innovation Award

“Pole Position” uses polarization properties to detect the positioning and orientation of carbon fibers during the cutting and stacking process, reducing waste and enhancing sustainability.   


Airborne expands automated kitting partnerships in North America

Preferred Reselling Partners Eastman Machine and Zünd Systemtechnik leverage extensive experience in deploying cutters across diverse end markets to sell Airborne automated kitting solutions.


Cutting and stacking cell from Schmidt & Heinzmann earns ThinKing Award

Lightweight innovation award emphasizes the system’s successful interplay between hardware and software for flexible and precise preform cutting and stacking.


Eastman Machine, SAM|XL to advance pick-and-place integration with automated cutting

The technology partnership will test and develop smart manufacturing solutions for low-volume, high-variation manufacturing.



JEC World 2023 preview: Zünd

Zünd is talking workflows at this year’s event, with a preview of its latest developments in digital cutting and kitting for fiber-reinforced composites.  


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Composite Automation

Composite Automation is joined by Isojet Equipements and PCM/Lucas Industries, bringing solutions for every step of the composites manufacturing process to one booth.
#composites4-0 #automation #camx


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Zünd America

Zünd developed the Heat-Sealing Module (HSM) for digital cutting systems to more cleanly seal, cut and handle thermoplastic composites.  


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Autometrix Inc.

Autometrix unveils its software “trifecta” for managing the nesting and cutting of large numbers of plies in composite products more effectively — PatternSmith, Forge and Workflow.
#automation #camx


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Accudyne Systems

Accudyne Systems has developed automated ultrasonic net edge-of-part trimming solutions for a variety of composite preforms.  


Plataine HoneycombOptimizer tackles three-axis honeycomb cutting operations

Dynamic, efficient optimization software features a nesting algorithm for intuitive work order processing, optimal cut plans and up to 10% material savings.