NIAR’s ATLAS lab to install SAMBA Pro system in 2021

The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU) selected Fiber Patch Placement (FPP) technology for their portfolio of future composites production technologies. By end of 2021, Cevotec will install a SAMBA Pro Prepreg system at NIAR’s Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems (ATLAS).

NIAR’s ATLAS lab to install SAMBA Pro system in 2021

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Since its inception in 1985, the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU) become the United States’ premier aviation research institute. With nearly one million square feet of research and office space, NIAR provides research, design, testing, certification and training to the aerospace and manufacturing industries, FAA, Department of Defense and other government agencies.

NIAR will now expand their technology portfolio with a SAMBA Pro Prepreg system of Cevotec.

Thorsten Groene, Managing Director of Cevotec states:

“We are happy to announce our agreement to install a SAMBA Pro system for ATLAS in 2021. Together with our U.S. partner Composite Automation, we are excited about this first FPP system in the United States and look forward to future R&D collaborations with NIAR.”

ATLAS Director Waruna Seneviratne believes integrating Fiber Patch Placement technology in the ATLAS portfolio will lead to pioneering projects.

Waruna Seneviratne said:

“We are looking forward to receiving the SAMBA system and further advancing our portfolio of robotic-based placement technologies. The flexibility of Fiber Patch Placement will be of interest in particular for our R&D partners from the defense community.”

The SAMBA Pro system, features an ultrasonic cutting unit and active material cooling, will be operational for application development with industrial customers by end of 2021.

John Melilli, President of Composite Automation LCC. added:

“Wichita is known for having the largest concentration of airframers in the world. NIAR’s ATLAS is the perfect place for the first U.S.-based FPP system, where it will be available to commercial as well as DOD clients to demonstrate the advantages of Fiber Patch Placement for the automated production of complex aerostructures.”

The new system at NIAR ATLAS will open multiple options for evaluation and development based on FPP technology, including material characterizations, application and process development, prototyping and testing.

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