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Thursday, June 3 • 10:50 - 11:15
CFIP technology: a new approach for manufacturing continuous carbon fibre reinforced structures by 3d printing

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  • The fibres can be placed in all directions following complex trajectories
  • A wide range of materials can be reinforced, including metals and ceramics
  • Different parts made of different materials and by different processes can be integrally joined

Continuous Fibre Injection Process is a new post-process technology which enables to reinforce additive manufactured parts with continuous fibres, multiplying in this way the mechanical properties while keeping the weight. The first step is to design and manufacture a part containing tubular cavities inside. Then, the continuous fibres are injected inside the tubular cavities simultaneously with liquid resin. Finally the part is cured so that the injected resin, once solidified, works as a mechanical interface between the fibres and the rest of the part.
The fibres trajectories are defined by the trajectories of the tubular cavities, which can be freely designed in all directions and manufactured with no limitations thanks to additive manufacturing. This enables to align the fibres to the most efficient direction, so that highly optimised structures with improved mechanical and light-weighting performance can be obtained.
CFIP can be used for any existing additive manufacturing technology and material. Parts made of stiff or flexible plastics, metals or ceramics can be reinforced with carbon, glass, aramid or other existing fibres. Another advantage is that different parts can be integrally joined by injecting the continuous fibres throughout them, achieving an ultra-high joining performance. This allows to efficiently manufacture large and strong structures but also to use the most suitable material and manufacturing technology in each zone of the structure, according to mechanical requirements but also to costs and production targets.
The speech will be focused on explaining how CFIP technology works, including case studies developed in collaboration with companies aimed to demonstrate the potential of CFIP technology in different sectors and applications.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
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Head of CAE and DfAM Line, Eurecat
Marc Crescenti is an industrial engineer specialized in mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He also holds a master degree focused on design and simulation of composite structures at AMADE Research Group.His scientific and technical expertise is... Read More →

Thursday June 3, 2021 10:50 - 11:15 CEST
Conferences (Hall 6 - Room 611)