Carbon Fibre Preforms describes its ROCCS (Rapid Output Controllable Composite Shapes) technology as a rapid, zero waste automated production process which enables composite materials to be produced significantly quicker and more cost effectively than conventional technologies. Thermoset, thermoplastic and speciality resin systems are combined with precision chopped carbon fibres to produce a 3D fibre structure with fibres randomly orientated in the x, y and z directions. CFP products such as 360 and FR.10 are available in flat sheet formats, but net shape materials are also possible.
According to CFP, 360 is longer lasting than epoxy materials and lighter and more cost effective than Invar tooling. It combines the precision benefits of a low CTE (5.4) and a temperature resistance of 300˚C in a single, directly millable tooling material. Available in thicknesses of 5-20 mm, 360 sheets are said to be lightweight, easy to machine, bond and block up into larger net surface areas. Suitable for high precision direct to part tooling, assembly fixtures, jigs or backing structures, 360 tooling materials are available in large volumes on 7 day lead times.
Carbon Fibre Preforms’ FR.10 materials blend carbon fibres and a custom resin combination and are designed to deliver performance in ultra-high temperature and fire scenarios. Available in large format sheets (up to 1.0 m x 1.4 m) or as net shapes, FR.10 has been tested under load at 1200˚C for 4 hours without failure. It can be used for new applications or to upgrade or renew protection of existing structures. FR.10’s lightweight protection is said to improve transport and installation efficiency, making it ideal for the industrial, civil engineering, mass transport, marine and offshore markets.