Roadmap to Automated Composites
The transition from hand layup to automated composites manufacturing is difficult, time consuming, and costly endeavor with many barriers to make the switch. This paper seeks to make the benefits and considerations of the transitional process apparent and therefore easier to navigate. Through the outline of a business case for automation and considerations of machine type the reader will be well-equipped to determine the appropriateness of automation for their composites manufacturing. This paper attempts to provide knowledge of that evolution.