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Research project to develop manufacturing process for 3D flat knitted composites

Flat knitting machine builder Steiger is participating in a research project which aims to develop a manufacturing process for making complex 3D composite parts for the automotive industry using flat knitting technology.

20th January 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Vionnaz

Transport/​Aerospace, Civil Engineering

Swiss flat knitting machine manufacturer Steiger is participating in a European funded research project that aims to develop a comprehensive process for manufacturing three-dimensional textile composite parts using its advanced flat knitting technology.

The Mapicc 3D project aims to create a manufacturing process, which can make parts from composite fibres such as glass fibre in complex shapes in order to reduce production costs for industries like automotive.

The project, which is part of the European Union’s 7th Framework Project, involves fifteen partners including academics at ENSAIT (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles) Mecacorp, Technische Universität Dresden and Riga Technical University, as well as technical textiles corporations Alstom and TenCate and car manufacturer Volvo…

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