Tailored Fibre Placement Cell
Chippenham-based Carbon ThreeSixty, a structural composites specialist, is to install an in-house Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP) cell which will deliver the next generation of complex composite products three times quicker than traditional methods whilst also reducing waste by up to 90%.
 
The new world-class automated facility - which at present is the only commercially accessible machine of its type in the UK – uses high precision free-form fibre placement to enable greater design freedom, improved repeatability and creates the opportunity for multiple complex design configurations. Intended for high utilisation operation, it can produce up to 100 metric tonnes of composite preforms per year.

The company said: “Thanks to TFP, when it comes to shape, the sky’s the limit and we are able to make products that were previously out of reach using traditional preforming methods”