3D-LightTrans manufacturing chains are based on hybrid yarn incorporating thermoplastic matrix material, processed to deep draped multilayer textiles and multifunctional 3D-textile constructions, which are fixed to dry pre-forms and finally, processed into composites by thermoforming. By integrating these new, innovative process steps with full automation in -nowadays mostly manually performed- complex handling operations, it will be possible to obtain a fully automated and highly adaptable manufacturing chain.
Key Words: Innovation, Automotive Industry, New Materials, Production, Simulation
Start: April 2011
Duration: 48 months
Funded by: EU FP7
Contact: Marianne Hörlesberger