The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 12, 2013

Building the machines that build flying machines


AFP technology is no more than about 10 percent of Electroimpact’s business right now, but it’s cutting edge and set to grow.

What makes Rudberg’s machine special is that its circular robotic head, carrying multiple creels of carbon-fiber ribbon, can move around any complex shape with pinpoint accuracy and at unheard-of speeds.

First, a laser projector measures the contours of the surface upon which the fiber is to be laid and a computer works out the complex three-dimensional moves needed to tailor the layers according to the engineering specs.

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