No-tooling composite production
Curve Works’ adaptive mold cuts costs
rowing automation in the composite sector is aimed at lowering prices. Francois Geuskens, owner of Curve Works, says 50% of the cost of single composite piece goes to pay for tooling. “We skip tooling,” he adds. “That saves time and money.”
High tooling costs are common in making one-offs and small series of 3D composite structures. Curve Works makes singly and doubly curved composite and plastic panels through a pin-bed based reconfigurable mold.
“We can manufacture a complete set of unique panels from one single mold and deliver affordable panels for prototypes, one-offs and small series production,” says Geuskens.