Quickstep Holdings Ltd. has commissioned its first commercial, production-ready machine for its patented out-of-autoclave composites process at its plant in Ottobrunn, Germany.
Quickstep said the QS-E250 will be available for customers to purchase as a turnkey system.
Philippe Odouard, Quickstep's managing director, said the machine brings significant cost savings and enhanced performance for aerospace, defense, automotive and ballistics manufacturing.
Quickstep uses a fluid-based technology for the curing, or partial curing and joining of composite materials. It works by trapping the laminate between a free-floating rigid or semi-rigid mold that gloats in a heat transfer fluid. A flexible bladder separates the mold and the laminates from the circulating fluid, so the fluid can be rapidly heated and then cooled to cure the laminate.
Quickstep claims the use of fluid to control temperature gives up to 25 times the heat transfer rate of gas systems such as autoclave and circulating air ovens.
Quickstep is based in Perth, Australia.
Tel. 011 61 8 9432 3200.