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Hot Drape Formers

Hot Drape Formers Northern Ireland

We are a leading specialist in the design and manufacture of Hot Drape Forming machines for use by companies operating in the aerospace, marine, and automotive industries.

Perfect for pre-forming a range of components, Hot Drape Formers produce high-quality composite parts in an energy and time-efficient way in comparison to traditional autoclave techniques.

How does a hot drape former work?

Composite materials, such as carbon fibre, are commonly used in the aerospace, marine, and automotive industries because they have a high stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio.

Our Hot Drape Formers feature a quartz infrared radiation heating system that softens the carbon fibre quickly and evenly; this process allows the layers to slip against each other, producing accurate parts that are free from any stress wrinkling. As well as hot drape forming, these machines can also be used for a variety of other purposes including:

  • Forming pre-preg carbon fibre
  • Out-of-autoclave (OOA) composite curing
  • Honeycomb bonding
  • Vacuum debulking / vacuum bagging
  • Compression moulding
  • Thermoplastic and thermoset composites
  • Pultrusion

Superb Quality, As Standard

All our hot drape forming machines are designed and manufactured to meet the high and exacting demands of leading aircraft manufacturers and global auto-manufacturers.

Contact our team today for more information on our hot drape forming machines, or to discuss your specific requirements with our specialist engineers.

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