It's that time of year again where seasonal over indulgence has knowingly reached a peak and under indulgence (diet, dry January?) is the most common thought each time your open the fridge or freezer - except if your freezer is full of rolls of pre-preg!
January is one of the few times in the year when we get to revamp our facilities prior to the onslaught of back to back courses. A quick check of our walk-in pre-preg freezer has just reminded me of how many unusual projects we were involved in last year, especially as we have more stock of unusual project specific material than our standard pre-preg.
Most of this is due to the number of training and consultancy projects we took on that involved training ourselves and others in using unusual materials.
The most notable being the use of North Thin Ply Technology's very lightweight uni-directional materials to produce some complex prototype parts. When we placed the order for the materials, we were aware that the material was commonly used with tape laying machines, but we had to lay up complex parts by hand. It was lightweight UD so how bad could it be? Before we knew it, tooling was produced and the materials arrived, then the fun began! An initial play with 40gsm carbon and 26gsm quartz UD left us thinking 'how the hell are we going to do this?' especially when you can barely see the 26gsm quartz UD on white backing paper.