Superior properties of thermoplastic composites create next generation products
Properties of thermoplastic composite
The superior properties of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic uni-directional tape (CFRT UD tape) create next generation products that will affect our daily lives.
The material properties make it extremely suitable for lightweight automotive and aircraft parts, impact and corrosion resistant wind blades to hockey sticks and tennis rackets. The wide range of possibilities are yet to be discovered.
From UD tape to lightweight products
UD tape is produced in 6"or 12" wide rolls. In order to reduce waste during production, UD tapes are slitted into narrower tapes. The narrower UD tapes are automatically processed into product-specific laminates through automated tape laying (ATL) or automated fiber placement (AFP). The laminates are then consolidated and formed into parts for final application.
New technologies for processing and production
Thermoplastic composite UD tape was not an accessible production material for all industries. It requires a certain amount of investment in resources and knowledge and as a result, a high cost price. In recent years, Boikon has invested heavily in technologies such as tape laying and slitting to make the processing of thermoplastic UD tapes cost-effective.