Structural components currently used in serial production generally feature a monolithic construction, which means they are built from carbon fibers in a matrix, metallic components, and aluminum or magnesium. The new approach aims to produce these structural components in a sandwich construction method, consisting of a cost-effective lightweight core with cover layers made from various reinforcing fibers.
As part of a “Product News Live Day” at the beginning of the year in Freilassing, FRIMO showed about 50 interested customers the latest product development and a response to more flexible and economical manufacturing solutions with shorter life cycles and greater model diversity. The multi-purpose machine (MPM) combines vacuum lamination, press lamination, groove lamination and edge folding in a single compact, modular system.
FRIMO developed a new thermoform line for the aviation industry to form high-performance thermoplastic composite materials, which started series production in Italy at the beginning of the year. The startup was celebrated with an official dedication ceremony for the new Research & Production center operated by the customer AEROSOFT SpA in Naples.
With the goal of shortening run-through times in the project development phase, FRIMO has been turning to 3D printing technology more and more to produce leather wrapping models, calibers and prototype components. 3D printing saves time, and its cost advantages are accelerating the trend. It also allows extra steps, such as NC programming and milling, to be omitted.
On May 26, 2016, FRIMO took part in its first Supplier Day in Burgos, Spain, organized by Grupo Antolin. This Supplier Day served as a great opportunity for FRIMO specialists from various competence centers to come together and present the wide range of products and services the company offers to about 60 Grupo Antolin specialists and decision-makers.