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Bally Ribbon Mills highlights 3D weaving capabilities

News International-French

11 Mar 2019

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM), an industry specialist in the design, development, and manufacture of highly specialized engineered woven fabrics, announces it will highlight its 3D weaving capabilities at JEC World 2019. BRM will highlight its film infusion capabilities for 3D woven joints, woven thermal protection systems (TPS) and advanced woven composite 3D structures, including 3D near-net shapes.

Bally Ribbon Mills highlights 3D weaving capabilities
In BRM’s film infusion process, a frozen sheet or film of resin is infused onto the custom 3D woven joint. Film-infused 3D woven joints ship as pre-made assemblies, ensuring consistent quality control from the industry experts in fabrication and saving customers the cost of infusing the resin themselves. BRM has perfected the science and art of 3D continuous weaving to fabricate such structures as “Pi – π,” double “T,” “H,” and other complex shapes. Offering the optimal blend of strength, durability, and structural integrity, these complex woven structures are used primarily in aerospace applications, often in airframe structural components and subassemblies including stiffeners and joints. 

Drop by the booth to see lightweight materials like the 3D woven fabrics and multifunctional thermal protection system (TPS) for NASA space vehicles. BRM has implemented innovative weaving technologies to develop complex webbing for aerospace products. The woven TPS to be showcased at the booth was selected as the critical component of the heat shield on the Orion Crew Capsule, which helps protect against the extreme temperatures of atmospheric re-entry during missions to the moon, asteroids, or Mars. 

Also on display are lightweight, cost-effective, advanced woven 2D and 3D composite structures. Using a multi-dimensional continuous weaving method, BRM produces textiles that can be fabricated into near net-shape structures. These advanced weaving capabilities offer customers new solutions that reduce weight and cost. The technology weaves complex shapes automatically, eliminating many costly, time-consuming, and labor-intensive processes.