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Electroimpact is a world leader in design and manufacturing of aerospace tooling and automation

Electroimpact is a highly experienced aerospace automation company with an exceptional concentration of engineers. Our wide range of projects include complete automation assembly systems for commercial aircraft wings, riveting machines and tools for wing panel and fuselage assembly, advanced fiber placement machines, robotic assembly systems, and spacecraft handling equipment. Our company was designed by the founder as a haven for engineers, with vertical responsibility for all work from concept to customer acceptance with minimal bureaucracy and barriers to success.

News

Electroimpact launches a low cost AFP4.0 system called Scorpion
6/2/2021
"Scorpion [is] an AFP4.0 system that includes a Fanuc M-900iB/700 robot, a four-lane 0.25-inch AFP head, a 3 x 1.5-meter flat vacuum charge table, a laser safety enclosure and operator interface. The AFP head , which can lay down thermoset or thermoplastic prepreg fiber or dry fiber, features servo-powered creels and offers a two-segment eye-safe laser or a four-segment high-output laser. Speed capabilities include 100 m/min initial feed, 75 m/min refeed and 75 m/min cut. Standard in-process inspection covers tow ends and process errors; optional inspection technologies cover laps/gaps, foreign object debris (FOD) and backer detection. System expansion options include a part rotator, eight- or 16-lane head and 0.125- or 0.5-inch tows."

CompositesWorld Article

Scorpion AFP4.0

NCC unveils Electroimpact AFP/ATL dual system for large, complex structures
5/5/2021

Through collaboration [with Electroimpact and industry], the NCC believe that AFP-ATL has the ability to reduce the barrier to entry to these game-changing technologies and expand the composite market into other areas such as renewable energy, oil and gas, construction and rail.

Read the full article at CompositesWorld

More info at NCC

BAE Factory of the Future
4/23/2021
BAE

Electroimpact has partnered with BAE Systems to create a Factory of the Future. Jig less tooling, collaborative robots and a flexible and reconfigurable factory.

"Imagine the factory floor as a huge chessboard and on it you place large robots, which can pick up an array of different tools. The robots are set on a reconfigurable grid, which can be unlocked and moved to different locations (hence the chessboard analogy). The robots are placed around a central aircraft structure — and then asked to perform various jobs."

Read more at https://www.baesystems.com/en/feature/robot-chess

Victrex and partner Electroimpact achieve 4000 IPM layup speeds, the next decisive step in the production of large structural components from thermoplastic composites
2/9/2021

"The significance of processing thermoplastic UDT at 4,000 IPM layup speeds with the variable spot size (VSS) laser is, for the first time that we know of, that thermoplastics are able to achieve thermoset layup speeds. These developments can help eliminate the need for autoclave cure, offer major and new, throughput advantages for thermoplastics," explained Michael Assadi, chief engineer at Electroimpact.

Read the full article at Aerospace Manufacturing Magazine

Air Force Global Strike Command’s innovation hub (STRIKEWERX)
11/23/2020
Electroimpact employee presenting at STRIKEWERX

Last week, Electroimpact participated in the Air Force Global Strike Command’s innovation hub (STRIKEWERX) "Design Sprint" event to aid B-52 maintainers throughout the command. As an industry representative, Electroimpact worked alongside airmen and academia partners to design and build rapid prototypes to improve the process for maintenance of brake pads on the B-52 aircraft.

Read more about how STRIKEWERX tackles B-52 maintainer’s issue

Electroimpact innovates with variable spot size laser heater
11/5/2020

The VSS laser + ServoCreel, both patent pending, are two of the recent innovations made by Electroimpact's AFP Group. These fit into their overall AFP4.0 philosophy which has the following tenets: Quality, reliability, performance, and utilization.

Read more at JEC Composites
Printing continuous carbon fiber in true 3D
10/14/2020
SCRAM, the system is an integration of an FFF 3D printer and a thermoplastic AFP machine

"Electroimpact is developing a new technology based on old technologies. Named SCRAM, or Scalable Composite Robotic Additive Manufacturing, the system is an integration of an FFF 3D printer and a thermoplastic AFP machine. The system is comprised of an accurate robot, a rotating build platform, and a climate-controlled build chamber. The end effector carries multiple material systems to print a soluble support material (the “tool”), a continuous fiber tape, and a chopped fiber material. Each print starts with the robot depositing the support material on the build platform. It then automatically switches to printing continuous fiber and chopped fiber-reinforced material to produce the part. The continuous fiber is deposited using “in-situ consolidation”, in which the tape is laser-welded to the substrate material and compacted in process. The resulting continuous fiber-reinforced parts are on the order of out-of-autoclave levels of porosity."

Read more from the JEC Group: http://www.jeccomposites.com/knowledge/international-composites-news/printing-continuous-carbon-fibre-true-3d

Combining AFP with 3D printing for flexible parts production
10/12/2020
SCRAM, the system is an integration of an FFF 3D printer and a thermoplastic AFP machine

Electroimpact creates SCRAM, a true 3d printer and multifunctional manufacturing cell for complex, aero-quality continuous fiber composite parts.

Read more at Composites World: https://www.compositesworld.com/articles/combining-afp-with-3d-printing-for-flexible-parts-production

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Electroimpact has developed an industrial true 6-axis continuous fiber reinforced 3D printer, enabling the tool-less rapid fabrication of aerospace-grade integrated composite structures. High-performance thermoplastics combined with a high percentage of continuous fiber reinforcement are used to produce parts with exceptional mechanical properties previously unheard of in the world of 3D printing.

Scalable Composite Robotic Additive Manufacturing (SCRAM)