After significant development, we have just launched our new small air router designed for dust free trimming of composites. If you'd like to see us demonstrating this equipment we have new videos on our You tube channel.
Please come along and see us at the Advanced Engineering show (more details later) where we will have the tools for you to pick up and get a feel for. You might be surprised how light and easy to handle this equipment is. Sadly we won't be able to let you loose on actual cutting of laminates (sorry, health and safety), but the videos online will give you a good idea.
When we say every tool we recommend for use with composites is tried and tested buy us we mean it. Developing equipment involves months playing with existing tools (which we do enjoy), modifying parts, putting non-recommended bits with incompatible tools, getting new parts made, sitting round in meetings (drinking lots of tea) and trying to think 'outside the box' (that expression results in childish responses here).
We have made some interesting discoveries along the way:
- Establishing routers can throw dust almost 4m in any direction without extraction (we hadn't realised it was that far)
- Development of a fluted diamond cutter suitable for both laminates and composite sandwich panels (nothing was readily available that would work as effectively so we played and experimented lots until we found the solution)
- Ability to mill aerospace grade aluminium blocks embedded within sandwich panels, without the use of cooling fluid and capturing all aluminium shavings
- ‘Material debris' is heavy particles that drop to the floor and do not become airborne and is most likely to be generated from poor quality laminates (we could tell who made which panel!)
- Development of some very flexible jigs for our 'soon to be launched' Small Step Sanding Tool Kit
Training people to work with composites is really rewarding, and often very surprising. We have built up our courses over years and ensure they are kept up to date with any new developments. We really do enjoy it.
The development of equipment wasn't something we ever intended to do, but has proven to be as equally enjoyable. It happened because we needed solutions, or our customer's did, and there wasn't a great off the shelf answer.
Unlike our composites consultancy, where we work on exciting future projects, (which we can't tell you about,) we love being able to show our 'inventions' and we are happy to chat.
If you'd like any more information please contact us.