Purpose and goal
In order for carbon fiber composite to become more competitive in large volumes, costly autoclave manufacturing needs to be replaced with more cost-effective injection methods. To meet requirements in the aerospace industry and with other industrial customers, Oxeon´s unique technology for spreading carbon fiber to tapes has been further developed. During the project, products and processes for the production of thinner and more homogeneous tapes have been developed and tests at customers have shown that the products meet or exceed their quality and cost requirements.
Expected results and effects
In the project, new products have been developed in several product areas. It has opened up opportunities for large markets within the aerospace industry and several other future industries and lighter products for the automotive industry. There are several very promising collaboration projects with customers in these industries. If one or more of these projects are industrialized, it will have an important impact for Sweden´s composite industry. It will also have positive effects on other industries that are important to Sweden, such as the automotive industry.
Planned approach and implementation
The project has run over 24 months and has been divided into 4 stages. All stages have been carried out with our own staff where Oxeon is responsible, in close collaboration with several customers in, for example, the areospace industry. Oxeon´s unique process for spreading carbon fiber has been further developed through the project where process functions and measurement systems were developed and verified. A modular machine concept has been developed that enables rapid and cost-effective industrialization of the products.