The right materials are identified based on the true requirements of an application.
Traditional and novel material solutions can be provided.
Far aims to identify promising new materials and develop them to mature readiness levels to offer a competitive edge to our customers.
Case Study: HiLite
Following on from the successful HiLite project Far is working to develop a low cost moulding compound which can be produced at the point of use, to avoid the inventory of any expensive semi-finished materials. The technology is based around chopping carbon fibre roving into discrete lengths (approximate 25 – 50mm long) then mixing and b-staging in an extruder like machine which deposits the compound onto a tool skin immediately prior to compression moulding a part. The technology is capable of a 2-minute TAKT time with exceptionally low ￡/kg material cost and good mechanical properties. Combining this technology with continuous fibre can yield very high mechanical properties at a competitive cost.