Jolie B. Frketic, Graduate Student, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering
The progression of polymer composite manufacturing has transferred from manual hand processing to high throughput automated techniques. Composites are being used more in more in industries such as the automotive and aerospace industries, where large outputs of parts are necessary. Automated manufacturing is able to produce many composite parts efficiently, and with the advent of additive manufacturing the complexity of components is increasing. This presentation will review well-known manufacturing methods such as automated tape layup, automatic fiber placement and filament winding, as well as recent advances in composite additive manufacturing using a new nozzle system that has been created to encapsulate fiber tows with dual resin nozzles to create multi-material composites. Methods, materials and testing results of the manufactured components using the raster nozzle will be discussed.