TW 510X2 is designed to wrap composite tape materials around a mandrel, which
will subsequently be removed after curing to form a finished composite tube.
Two tapes can simultaneously be wrapped, each with independent tension and
application angle adjustments. The ability to infinitely adjust the wrap angle
in three axis facilitates wrinkle free evenly tensioned wrap layers. Proper
compaction of mandrel-wrapped composites is absolutely essential to the quality
of the finished product. Many of the machines previously on the market did not
provide sufficiently accurate control of laypitch, nor compensation for tape
twist. The TW 510X2 allows greater
flexibility in low-quantity production, and greater repeatability for mass
production. Better manufacturing frees
design engineers to develop more innovative products. Active feedback provides
accurate, independent control of compaction pressure on both reels
simultaneously. The servo drive system maintains a uniform, programmable lay
pitch across the entire speed range, even during ramp-up or ramp-down. And the
unique, separately pivoting heads allow for zero - or a specific- angle of
twist on the tapes during wrapping, eliminating wrinkles and pockets.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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