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Nine-axis winding for faster carbon composites

The 3D Winder is being billed as the world’s first robotic 3D winding machine capable of making complex carbon composite parts.

1st August 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Northwich

Transport/​Aerospace

Left to right: Professor Prasad Potluri, Andy Whitham and Dr Yan Liu. © Cygnet TexkimpThe 3D Winder, developed by Cygnet Texkimp and the University of Manchester in the UK, is being billed as the world’s first robotic 3D winding machine capable of making complex carbon composite parts such as fuel pipes, cant rails and aeroplane wing spars. It can also be adapted to produce components for other markets including wind blades for the energy sector.

It is the result of a two-year Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the Northwich-based manufacturer and The University of Manchester’s School of Materials to develop a new way of manufacturing composite components cost-effectively in high volumes and at high speeds.

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