Today marks the end of our successful two-year KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) with The University of Manchester to develop new and cutting-edge ways to manufacture complex, high volume parts using filament winding technology.
Partnering with specialists at the University’s School of Materials has enabled us to carry out extensive research into advanced filament winding techniques and laid the groundwork for us to develop a new filament winding product stream.
The focus of the project has been to develop our ground-breaking 3D Winding machine in response to one of the biggest gaps in the composites market: how to create components cost-effectively in high volumes and at high speeds. Based on the 9-Axis robotic winding concept first developed by Professor Prasad Potluri, we have created the world’s first robotic 3D winding machine capable of making complex parts for the global automotive and aerospace industries.
As well as enhancing our product offering with new filament winding technologies that are now ready for market, the project has delivered many other significant benefits for our business. Highlights include the appointment of PhD graduate and accomplished composites academic Dr Yan Liu as KTP Associate and lead researcher. Yan’s exceptional knowledge and innovative approach to product development make her a huge asset to our team and we are delighted that she has now accepted our offer of permanent employment within our R&D Centre.
In November 2017, Yan was invited to present our 3D Winding machine to delegates at the Advanced Engineering show at Birmingham’s NEC before the machine was awarded the prestigious Composites UK award for Innovation in Manufacturing. Yan has now been invited to present our technologies at ECCM 18 (the 18th European Conference of Composite Material) in Athens, Greece at the end of June.