/ XCell

Turnkey robotic cell, ready for production.


/ Specifications

Standard machine capabilities and performance.


Width : 1900mm
Depth : 1700mm
Height : 2100mm
Weight : approx 700kg
Power : 230V mono approx 2kW

Part size.

Length : 1000mm
Width : 600mm
Height : 600mm
Max Mold weigth : approx 50kg

Material type.

Matrix system : Thermoset / Thermoplastic / Dry stabilized
Format : Towpreg / Slit Tape
Standard : 3" cardboard core / Cassette Hafner spools / Hybrid Spools
Quantity : max 4kg or 315mm OD per spool


6 axis KUKA KR10-R1100-2 robot enables 2D and 3D deposition
Turntable positioner increases workspace flexibility
Creel system with tension control
Enclosed and temperature regulated environment
Safety monitoring of the workspace and cell area

/ Optional features

Customize your XCell from a large choice of options.

Additional horizontal axis synchronised with the robot 6 axis. Enables the manufacturing of complex hollow parts similarly to filament winding but providing some benefits :
- pure 0° UD placement
- material savings by placing exactly where needed
- local reinforcements
- No crimp between layers
- Tow steering

The XCell can be used as a multi process cell able to perform AFP, ultrasonic cutting, filament winding* or even 3D printing*.
For this purpose an automatic tool changer can be added to switch tool with a common electrical connector.
*work in progress

As a third tool, the XCell can be supplied with an ultrasonic cutter to cut preforms to net shapes. This compact cutting unit is able to cut uncured laminates up to 6-8mm thickness as well as core materials.

For the deposition of thermoplastic tapes or dry stabilized tapes, a hot air gun able to reach 280-300°C is available together with a 500 x 500mm heated plate reaching 150°C.

For applications looking at hybrid layups and multi-material placement, a second XPlace mk3 head can be supplied with dedicated creel system. Combined with the automatic tool changer, the XCell can place automatically different materials by switching head when necessary.

/ XPlace mk3

Our compact and lightweight AFP head.


Minimum fibre length: 60mm
Number of fibres: 1 or 2 side by side (for TP or dry)
Maximum tape width: 15mm
Start and end accuracy: ±1.5mm
Tolerance between 2 tapes: 0/+1.5mm
Infra-red heating power: 300W

Angular cutting.

Capacity to cut the tape at an angle between -45° to +45° directly inside the AFP head. This patented technology enables a near net shape preform without final trimming.

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