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Open Hybrid LabFactory installs Karl Mayer's machine
Jan '17
Germany’s leading textile machinery firm, Karl Mayer, is supplying a multi-axial warp knitting machine to the Open Hybrid LabFactory initiative. The research campus in Wolfsburg officially opened on 22 September, 2016. Karl Mayer is further developing this machine to enable fibre-reinforced constructions to suit the direction of force to be mass-produced.

The project that has been set up in order to do this is known as KonText. It is scheduled to run from 1 January 2015 to 31 December, 2018 and is being carried out in cooperation with CETEX – Institut für Textil- und Verarbeitungsmaschinen GmbH (Not-for-profit Institute of Textile and Processing Machines) and other project partners. The idea behind this project is to separate the load-bearing carbon fibres in a multiaxial textile made from glass fibres with the multiaxial warp knitting machine, and only bring them together at exposed sections, just as happens in Nature with the knotholes in trees.

The multiaxial warp knitting machine with the new warp yarn shogging module went into operation in the Open Hybrid LabFactory in the third quarter of this year. The multiaxial textiles subsequently produced are being used for research into the next stages of the production sequences. The resin treatment processes, in particular, have to be adapted to the new geometry of the textiles, in which the yarns are concentrated in selected areas. Further developments are also planned for the multiaxial warp knitting machine. The aim is to integrate a weft yarn shogging module by the third quarter of 2017. (GK)

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