Automated Tape Placement of Thermoplastics



Automated Tape Placement (ATP) has become a mainstream processing technique used to manufacture large thermoset Carbon-fiber components. ÉireComposites has developed specialised heated tooling to allow the use of ATP for thermoplastic composites. ATP of thermoplastics involves the automated deposition of thermoplastic composite tape onto a tool surface while consolidating the tape in-situ via the application of heat and pressure. ÉireComposites is manufacturing a 1.5m diameter cylinder using ATP for the European Space Agency as part of the Future Launchers Preparatory Programme.