Carbon fiber parts have gained tremendous popularity in industries where performance and weight are interconnected. Automotive, aerospace, robotics, and sporting equipment all benefit enormously from the strength-to-volume ratio offered by carbon fiber parts.
Based on the complexity of the component, conventional methodologies for producing carbon fiber parts do not always deliver outcomes that precisely reflect the original design.
In many cases, this is the result of non-uniform or imprecise consolidation of the carbon fiber plies.
An advanced approach to producing carbon fiber components that minimizes the chances of unseen defects forming now exists. This approach takes advantage of stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing and advanced SLA materials to deliver precisely consolidated components with controlled surface finishes on both the interior and exterior of the part.
The following application brief will be of interest to anyone who makes, or plans to make, bespoke composite components with carbon fiber. You will discover:
- What a consolidated part is
- How to achieve superior consolidation for carbon fiber parts
- Design tips for composite fabrication using the SLA process