"Getting composites in good shape - how does it work?" - CU members in cross-industry conversation


In the monthly "Jour Fixe" of the CU West cluster of Composites United e.V., companies from a technology field briefly introduce themselves. An expert introduces a central topic from this technology field and discusses the topic with the company representatives and the participants. The event on February 21, 2022 focused on the question of how composites can be brought into good shape.

The following companies presented themselves at the 8th Jour Fixe:
GrunewaldGmbH & Co. KG specializes in the design and production of tools and fixtures for composite components. Professional engineering and in-depth expertise are used to develop and manufacture high-quality production equipment. In addition, Grunewald supplies automation and robotics solutions for various application areas. Another business area is the development and production of aluminum castings with very thin wall thicknesses for prototypes and small series.
(Referent: Ulrich Grunewald, Grunewald GmbH&Co.KG)
Airtech has used its 50 years of experience to develop unique resin systems for 3D printing manufacturing. 3D printing has been expanded on a large scale into a complete service (mold making / production aids). With high output capacity and precise machining, large format molds (3 x 12 m) can be designed, machined and manufactured.
(Referent: Oliver Bottler, Airtech Europe)
BCT Steuerungs- und DV-Systeme GmbH offers solutions with which components for aviation can be machined individually and yet automatically. This is achieved through machine-integrated measurement technology, adaptive machining and process data acquisition. This saves time-consuming manual processing, for example in the manufacture and repair of engine components, and improves quality.
(Referent: Jan Bremer, BCT GmbH)

The presentations can be found on the Carbon Connected platform at: https://www.carbon-connected.de/Group/CU.West/uebersicht

Dr. David May from Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH introduced the discussion with the participants and speakers with a technical paper and summarized the topic in conclusion: "The technologies presented today impressively show that the potential for efficient and sustainable composite manufacturing based on high-tech tools is far from exhausted. The approaches to additive and subtractive tooling manufacturing but also in 3D scanning can bring the necessary flexibility, especially for small and medium quantities."

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[Translate to English:] Werkzeug für den thermoplastischen Spritzguss mit unidirektional faserverstärktem Einleger (links im Werkzeug), entwickelt im Projekt „pro-TPC-Struktur“ (Finanzierung durch den Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung und das Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz). Bild: Leibniz-Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe

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