Additively manufactured roof frame with local carbon fiber reinforcement

To date, polymer-based additively manufactured structures have failed to gain a foothold in vehicle bodies due to inadequate mechanical characteristics. Now, Audi and CIKONI have presented an approach combining additive manufacturing with carbon fiber reinforcement based on a concept study. You can either review the […]

Kohlefaserbauteile bei Volvo: Composite-Leichtbau mit innovativen Design

Carbon Composites in Volvo’s Polestar 1: Avantgarde or Copy Cat?

Obviously, Geely’s acquisition of Volvo has not detracted the company from its innovativeness. On the contrary: From 2019 on, only electrified vehicles will be on offer. In addition to the drive technology, the company also relies on innovative lightweight design – at least in the […]

Lightness made in Stuttgart: Tech start-up combines bionic design with high tech materials for future logistics

Lightness made in Stuttgart: Tech start-up combines bionic design with high tech materials for future logistics The Vision Van of Mercedes-Benz Vans, that was recently revealed at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016 and at CES Las Vegas, combines groundbreaking design with innovative technical solutions and […]

DEmonstrator GFK Türmodul und Simulation

INEOS Styrolution, CIKONI, and ESI form a collaboration within the framework of the StyLight product launch

INEOS Styrolution presented last October at the K-Messe 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany an innovative thermoplastic organic sheet for the manufacture of continuous fiber reinforced composite components. StyLight is the first and only thermoplastic composite material created from a styrene foam Styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) matrix and various […]

Figure 4: Robot assisted 3D preform analysis (IFB) of a damaged preform with fiber angle recognition (FIBRE)

Holistic development of high quality composite parts based on automated preforming

This Article (pdf) has been published in JEC magazine no. 103, March 2016, Special JEC World.     Summary: Where can process-know how and robot based optical preform measurement get you? The reduction of production costs and the realization of lightweight targets for composite forming […]