Using the flexible, fully automated patch placement method from Manz, various materials are fed from a roll, cut into contours – the so-called patches – using lasers and additively bound together into a component.
Using the additive method "Patch Placement", the patches are generally combined using a surface weld. Thus it is possible, similar to the 3D printing process, to generate a wide variety of component geometries from different materials. However, compared to 3D printing the patch placement method has higher material throughput and shorter production cycle times.
In addition, this method allows for the production of optimized fiber structure. The fibers are deposited accurate to the contour where they are needed with the lowest possible material cut. Components produced using this method are characterized by their low weight with uniform performance and reduced material usage.
The following roll material is suitable for the patch placement method:
- Plastic sheet
- Semi-finished fiber products
- Flexible materials
The Manz patch placement method is flexible: modified or even new products can be produced on a machine, without the need for costly retooling or even replacements.
Our flexible production technology thus faciliitates simple, fast product development as well as a highly flexible, automated production process. Complex component geometries can be produced economically with this – from one-off to series production.
There are many applications for the patch placement method, including aeronautics and aerospace, automotive manufacture, medical technology and also the consumer goods industry (for example: sports items).