Airborne: “On-Demand Manufacturing Portal makes it possible to order composite laminates 100% online”

Airborne, located in The Hague, focuses on automating and digitising their production processes for composite parts. Composite is a fiber-reinforced plastic and is mainly used in high-value industries such as aerospace and aviation.

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However, composite is also interesting for mass production because it is light, durable and extremely strong, and can therefore make a substantial contribution to, among other things, reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles (lighter is less fuel / energy) and improving the lifespan of products (less waste and maintenance).

Making composite products is also complicated however. There is a lot of freedom of choice in the materials and how a composite laminate can be built. Moreover, automation also requires a lot of machine settings that determine the right quality of the product. This is complex and as a result, the adoption of composite is slow. In order to accelerate it, Airborne and VIKTOR have built an online portal. The portal allows you to quickly and efficiently design products, without requiring in-depth knowledge of composite.

Now, customers can design their laminate online themselves in the On-Demand Manufacturing Portal created on the VIKTOR platform. Here the customer can configure his own product. Among other things, he can determine the dimensions, the type of material, the number of layers and the orientation. Based on the design, the price and other relevant data are automatically calculated. This allows the customer to search for what suits him and whether his design meets the requirements. If the customer is satisfied with the design, he can order it online right away. The design is converted into a production file and immediately forwarded to a production robot in the Airborne factory.

“By means of the On-Demand Manufacturing Portal we can let our customers order composite laminates fully automatically online. This allows the customer to independently design a high-quality laminate, including multiple design iterations, saving time for everyone.”

Sarah de Smet, projectmanager at Airborne

VIKTOR determines the cheapest way to make the product. The application takes production times and material loss into account. The instructions for the production robots are automatically generated and sent to the different robots, which can then directly make the product.

Want to know more? Try it yourself!

On the Airborne website you can read more about the portal and find the url to register and make your own laminate. Give it a try!

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