“The JEC Composites Innovation Awards are not simple prizes – comments Franck Glowacz, Innovation Content Leader at JEC Group -: they want to be a source of inspiration for the industry and an engine of excellence for all the winners. A highly anticipated event, one of those not to be missed for the composites industry ”.
Today we begin a journey to deepen and discover some of the realities that have been the protagonists of JEC World, the most important event in the field of composites.
JEC Composites Innovation Awards: Eurecat
Thirteen prizes awarded by the competition for the 2020 edition of JEC Composites Innovation Awards, prizes for innovation in the world of composite materials.
For the category dedicated to Additive Manufacturing, the award was given to Eurecat , Spanish, for the Continuous Fiber Injection Process technology that allows to obtain printed components in 3D subsequently reinforced with continuous carbon fibers.
The post-production process performs an injection of reinforcement fibers into parts already 3D printed to increase their mechanical strength. Since the intervention is carried out at the end of the actual printing, it is possible to orient the fibers in every direction and thus produce components of complex shapes without incurring the limitations due to the composite materials.
This process, awarded by the JEC Composites Innovation Awards, can be used on all types of materials, from plastics to metals up to ceramics.
Here it becomes possible, for example, to make titanium parts reinforced with continuous carbon fiber.
CFIP technology also allows you to join several pieces integrally while maintaining the continuity of the reinforcement, obtaining multi-material and multi-process structures.
It goes without saying that the applications include the field of aeronautics, automotive and sporting goods.
Associated partners are AIRBUS (Germany), ASICS (Spain) and HP (Spain).
Eurecat is Spanish and looks like a multidisciplinary and multinational team made up of scientists and technologists. He works on over 200 applied research and development projects aimed at acquiring new knowledge that are transferred to specific applications and solutions to cover the needs of the industrial fabric.