Equipment

Process Equipment:

Automated Fiber Placement Robot – Automated Dynamics

  • Fabricate parts up to 120” long and up to 48” diameter
  • ¼” Thermoset head:  individual feed & cut control of 4 tows
  • 3” ATL Thermoset head for large flat panels
  • ¼” – ½” Thermoplastic head for in-situ consolidation
  • Thermoplastic Laser head: extreme thermal control for up to ½” tape
  • Flat panel capable with 96” x 48” vacuum table
  • Rotating 30” x 42” paddle tool for honeycomb placement

Autoclave – Bondtech Corporation: Working envelope: 5′ dia. by 8′ long Pressure:

  • Max working pressure: 300 psig
  • Pressure Rate: 0-10 psi / min average
  • Depressurization Rate: 0-10 psi / min average based on load
  • Pressure Control Accuracy: +/- 1 psi

Temperature:

  • Max working Temperature: 800 deg F.
  • Heating Rate: 0-10 deg F. / min based on air temp & load
  • Cooling Rate: 10 deg F. /min base on average air temp
  • Temp Accuracy: +/- 5 deg F.

Temperature Monitoring Devices:

  • Qty: 1 type J thermocouples for Air temperature w/data acquisition
  • Qty: 1 type J thermocouples Hi -limit w/data acquisition
  • Qty: 4 type J thermocouples w/data acquisition
  • Number of Vacuum Ports: 2

Autoclave – Bondtech Corporation: Working envelope: 8 ‘ dia. by 20′ long Pressure:

  • Max working pressure: 150 psig
  • Pressure Rate: 0-10 psi / min average
  • Depressurization Rate: 0-10 psi / min average based on load
  • Pressure Control Accuracy: +/- 1 psi

Temperature:

  • Max working Temperature: 450 deg F.
  • Heating Rate: 0-10 deg F. / min based on air temp & load
  • Cooling Rate: 10 deg F. /min base on average air temp
  • Temp Accuracy: +/- 5 deg F.

Temperature Monitoring Devices:

  • Qty: 1 type J thermocouples for Air temperature w/data acquisition
  • Qty: 1 type J thermocouples Hi -limit w/data acquisition
  • Qty: 24 type J thermocouples w/data acquisition
  • Number of Vacuum Ports: 12

Press 100 Ton – Wabash Model G100H-18-BCX:

  • Compression Force: 5-100 tons (adjustable)
  • Platens: 18″ x 18″ fully guided heated/water cooled
  • Max Temperature: 800 deg F. (two zones of heat per platen)
  • Daylight Opening: 12″ – 22″ (adjustable)
  • Clamp Stroke:  Up-acting with 12” stroke
  • Controls:  Ramped heating, cooling and pressure

Press 250 Ton – Wabash Model DA250H-48-BCX:

  • Compression Force: 6-250 tons (adjustable)
  • Platens: 48″ x 48″ fully guided heated/water cooled
  • Max Temperature: 800 deg. F. (four zones of heat per platen)
  • Daylight Opening: 40″ (fixed)
  • Clamp Stroke:  Down-acting with 36” stroke
  • Controls:  Ramped heating, cooling and pressure

CNC Router – Thermwood Model M77-510/36

  • Working Encelope: 60″ wide x 120″ long x 36″ high
  • Thermwood QCore Supercontrol, Volumetric Compensation enabled
  • Multi-function table – Universal, Conventional, Mechanical & Pod Vacuum Hold Down
  • 12 Hp Spindle with 10 Position Automatic Tool Changer
  • Impact Resistant Head
  • Renishaw High Tolerance Tool Length Sensor
  • Complete Machine Lubrication
  • 5 Axis Alignment Verification System
  • Wireless Fixture Alignment Probe
  • Cold Air Gun
  • Accu-Lube System for Machining Aluminum
  • MasterCam 5 Axis Router Pro Software

Materials Processed:

  • Composites
  • Non Ferrous Metals
  • Plywood
  • REN
  • MDF

RTM/VARTM Resin Injection/Infusion System (APT)

  • Equipped to process two component epoxy composite formulations at elevated temperatures
  • Two 10-gallon vacuum/pressure, batch degassing and feed tanks

Filament Winding System

  • Pre-preg and wet processes
  • Fabrication parts 8 meters long, 5’ diameter Par

3D Printer – Stratasys / Fortus 400 mc

  • Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
  • Building Envelope = 16 inches wide x 14 inches length x 16 inches high
  • Accuracy =  +/- 0.0015 inches
  • Layer thickness: 0.005 inches to 0.013 inches (depending on material chosen)

Material options:

  • ABSi ,ABS-M30, ABS-M30i, ABS-ESD7
  • PC-ABS, PC-150, PC
  • ULTEM 9085
  • PPSF
  • Nylon 12

Support Equipment: Single Ply Auto Cutter/ (Gerber/Virtek) Laser Projection System

  • Laser projection system aids in the following operations: Nesting, picking, kitting and lay up of plies

Oven (walk-in) – Wisconsin Oven / EWN-614-8E8

  • Max working Temperature: 800 deg. F.
  • Min working Temperature: 175 deg. F. above ambient
  • Temperature Uniformity: +/- 10 deg. F. at 350 deg. F.
  • Chamber Dimensions: 6′ 0″ wide x 14′ 0″ long x 8′ 0″ high
  • Vacuum ports: 12
  • Thermocouples: 12 J type

Oven (Coupon) – Wisconsin Oven / SBH-444-0

  • Max working Temperature: 1,000 deg. F.
  • Min working Temperature: 125 deg. F. above ambient
  • Temperature Uniformity: +/- 10 deg. F. at 350 deg F.
  • Chamber Dimensions: 4′ 0″ wide x 4′ 0″ long x 4′ 0″ high
  • Vacuum ports: 6
  • Thermocouples: 12 J type

Modern Clean Room (1,200 square foot,Class 100,000) Full Machine Shop Walk In Freezer (1,000 cubic feet ) Test & Inspection: CMM – Faro Arm/Edge

  • Spherical working volume:  9 ft
  • Laser Line Probe
  • Scan Arm:  Non-contact 3D scanning capability
  • Single point repeatability from 0.0009 inches to 0.0025 inches

Universal Test Machine (UTM) – Instron/Model 5980

  • 250 kN (56,200 lbf) capacity
  • Load measurement accuracy: +/- 0.5% of reading down to 1/1000 of load cell capacity option (2580 Series load cells)
  • Up to 2.5 kHz data acquisition rate option simultaneous on load, extension, and strain channels
  • Speed range of 0.00005 to 1016 mm/min (0.000002 in/min to 40in/min), depending on model
  • Automatic transducer recognition for load cells and extensometers
  • Compatible with Bluehill® Software
  • Equipped with temperature chamber (min -50°C, max +100°C )

Impact System – Instron / CEAST Model 9340

  • 30 – 405 J (0.22-299 fT-lb) of energy
  • Equipped with temperature chamber (min -80°C, max +350°C )
  • System can perform impact applications:
    • Tensile impact
    • Penetration Tests on plates & films
    • IZOD
    • Charpy Tests

Digital Microscope Ultrasonic Flaw Detector