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10th April 2019, Cheshire

New four-axis winder from Cygnet Texkimp

The machine was showcased at the recent JEC World in Paris. © Cygnet Texkimp

The machine was showcased at the recent JEC World in Paris. © Cygnet Texkimp

Custom UK machine builder Cygnet Texkimp has introduced a new four-axis filament winder.

A full production-scale version of the machine was showcased at the recent JEC World in Paris and its introduction comes two years after the company brought to market the world’s first robotic 3D winding machine, the 3D Winder, to create complex composite parts for the automotive and aerospace markets in high volumes and at high speeds. During 2018, Cygnet also launched a robotic filament winding machine.

 “Our 3D Winder and robotic filament winding machine sit at the more complex end of the filament winding scale, and in developing them with the University of Manchester we built up a huge amount of knowledge in the process,” said managing director Luke Vardy. “We’ve now translated that knowledge into a standard machine that is accessible to a wider cross-section of the market but retains the specialist features that our technology is known for, which include optimised geometry, reduced contact points, and the right surface finishes.

“Once again, we’re applying 45 years of know-how in creels, handling and converting to maximise the value of our customers’ investment in fibre by eliminating the opportunities for damage.”

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