Automated Manufacturing of Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastic 3D-Lightweight Components

  • C. Brecher
  • M. Emonts
  • M. Dubratz
  • A. Kermer-Meyer
Conference paper


Lightweight components and their energy-efficient production will form one of the most important key factors for the European industry to fulfil the increasing global demands e.g. energy efficiency, waste avoidance and reduction of CO2-emissions. Nowadays, manufacturing equipment for thermosetting composite materials is present, but a competitive system for the manufacturing of continuous carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components was not yet available. Within the research project 3D-ThermoLay, the Fraunhofer IPT has developed a production system for the automated laser-assisted tape placement addressing intersectoral branches, e.g. public and private transportation, mechanical, chemical and civil engineering as well as consumer goods.


Thermoplastic Composite Interlaminar Shear Strength Placement Process Short Cycle Time Thermoplastic Matrix 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Brecher
    • 1
  • M. Emonts
    • 1
  • M. Dubratz
    • A. Kermer-Meyer
      • 1
    1. 1.Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT, RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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