Cutting the Fiber -- Carbon Fiber, that is
Carbon fiber is an extremely strong polymer made up of carbon fibers. The material is lightweight and has several uses in an array of industries.
While carbon fiber can be a little on the expensive side, the material is used heavily in the automotive and aerospace industries. Carbon fiber composite is found in several transportation vehicles like sailboats, bicycles and motorcycles.
Other industries have started to use carbon fiber because of its strength. It is used in common items like tent poles, golf clubs and helmets.
Carbon fiber can be cut either with a regular cutting application that uses a knife or saw end-of-arm-tooling. It can also be cut with an abrasive waterjet process that uses a steam of high-pressured water mixed with abrasives.
Carbon fiber robotic cutting or waterjet cutting is attractive to manufacturers when cutting pieces of carbon fiber because of the expensive nature of the material. Robotic cutting applications have accuracy and precision that is unmatched by manual applications.
RobotWorx, a certified integrator for FANUC, Motoman, ABB, Universal Robots, and KUKA robotics, has a large amount of cutting robots available for both cutting and waterjet cutting applications. Our team of engineers, salesmen and technicians will work with you to find the carbon fiber cutting application that is right for your facility.