From couture to composites for Antich and Sons

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3D weaving of carbon fibre is a cost-effective method of producing laminates for use with liquid resin injection processes.

Fabric producer Antich and Sons has achieved a step change in its manufacturing capability to produce finished 3D multi-layer woven preforms for advanced composites used in the aerospace and automotive industries through a project with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).

The 3D weaving of carbon fibre is a cost-effective method for producing high-quality, damage tolerant, large-scale and high-thickness laminates for use with liquid resin injection processes to make lightweight composite materials. However, to create composite preforms suitable for resin transfer moulding, several additional processes are required to achieve widespread adoption of the technology.

The Weavers’ Company has sponsored an Entry to Work student within Antich’s garment making business.

 

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