Mobile autonomous robots moving on the mold, laying fibres and building up the laminate. Low grade prepregs and thermoplastics are possible without being harmed due to local pressure underneath the rollers. Number of robots and configuration of each unit scalable to application.
Construction industry, sailmaking, tansportation. Followed by automotive and aviation, especially when blended-wing-body-structures will become relevant.
Huge panels or multiple smaller flat laminates.
This technology allows fibre placement applications to get rid of guide rails and heavy foundations of gantry systems and a limited reachability of articulated robots. The approach is unconventional but works for many applications.
No more need for heavy foundations will cut the overall invest. A totally adaptive production managemant enables production on demand- concerning design, size and sequence of production. AFP Crawlers enable unmatched flexibility for fibre placement applications.