Fraunhofer maximizes form and function with LightFlex 3D printed FRPs

Fraunhofer maximizes form and function with LightFlex 3D printed FRPs

In circulation since 1907 (with the development of Bakelite) fiber-reinforced plastics (FRPs) are hard wearing and strong, yet light. These traits mean FRP are widely used in aerospace, automotive, marine and other high performance industries. They can be found in everything from airplane propellers to baseball bats, and are typically made using injection molding – leaving little flexibility for customization. 3D printing seeks to change that. Researchers, and award winning 3D printer providers like Markforged, have been enhancing the potential of FRP technology through additive manufacturing. The main challenge however is finding a viable way of integrating FRP 3D […]

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