iCOMAT has developed a patented manufacturing process for advanced carbon fibre composites which are lighter, stronger and more cost-effective than the state-of-the-art processes for the aerospace and automotive sectors. iCOMAT’s innovative technology, Continuous Tow Shearing (CTS), is the world’s first automated composites manufacturing process that can place carbon fibre tapes along curved paths (also known as fibre steering) without generating defects.
Fibre steering expands drastically the design space for composite material components and can improve all aspects of structural performance (e.g. buckling, vibration response). This, in turn, allows designers to optimise components and minimise material usage with weight (reductions of up to 38%) and cost benefits that can revolutionise the use of carbon fibre and composites.
ICOMAT's core product offering is the supply of tape laying machines and advanced manufacturing equipment for composites. The company has developed an indust...
iCOMAT has developed a patented manufacturing process for advanced carbon fibre composites which are lighter, stronger and more cost-effective than the state-of-the-art processes for the aerospace and automotive sectors. iCOMAT’s innovative technology, Continuous Tow Shearing (CTS), is the world’s first automated composites manufacturing process that can place carbon fibre tapes along curved paths (also known as fibre steering) without generating defects.
Fibre steering expands drastically the design space for composite material components and can improve all aspects of structural performance (e.g. buckling, vibration response). This, in turn, allows designers to optimise components and minimise material usage with weight (reductions of up to 38%) and cost benefits that can revolutionise the use of carbon fibre and composites.
ICOMAT's core product offering is the supply of tape laying machines and advanced manufacturing equipment for composites. The company has developed an industrial grade prototype CTS machine, which is currently being trialled with leading end-users from the composites industry. The aim is to launch the machine in the market in early 2021, while in the mean-time iCOMAT is completing pilot projects with end-users of the composites industry to increase the TRL of the technology and also to generate revenue.
iCOMAT predominantly targets composite material end-users from 3 industries: aeronautics, space and automotive. The response from the industry so far has been extremely positive and in a short space of time iCOMAT has completed initial feasibility studies and has secured industrially and grant funded multi-year projects with leading end-users (incl. Airbus, BAE systems, JLR, Nissan, NASA – sensitive commercial information, please do not share). The technology can find applications in further industries, such as wind energy and marine, which will be targeted at a later stage.
iCOMAT has secured £265k of private equity investment, £90k in pilot project contracts and a £650 net contribution from grant funded projects, totalling at just over £1million in funding. iCOMAT aims to secure a further £1.2 million equity investment by Q4 2020 to complete the engineering of the commercial system and launch it in the market.
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