Automated fibre placement (AFP)

Overview

Placement of pre-impregnated composite fibres/tapes onto a tool at high speed.

Advantages

  • Speed of deposition
  • Reduced scrap
  • Improved part-to-part uniformity
  • Reduced weight
  • Allows steering of fibres
  • Allows greater component complexity and features

Used on

  • Airbus A350 XWB rear spar and trailing edge assembly