Automotive Management Consulting (AMC) developed the xFK in 3D process to produce strong but lightweight, complex-shaped structures in a quick, effective and zero waste way.
SGL Group has contributed its experience in fiber-reinforced composites and technologies for automation of manufacturing processes. Thus, using SGL Sigrapreg TowPreg products, a bicycle handle bar stem, chainring and bottle holder were manufactured according to the innovative technology and exhibited at JEC World 2018.
3D winding process involves winding pre-impregnated fiber bundles (TowPreg) on tubes of different configurations between cylinder guides.
Winding thickness, filament tensile force and fiber placement can vary depending on requirements to create 3D products with preset parameters. If considered necessary, the final component can be further processed.
SGL Group considers xFK in 3D to be an optimal solution to the serial production requirements of the automotive industry. Introduced in the automated production processes this technology will result in outstanding mechanical properties of the products given width consistency and high winding accuracy.