Composites are getting more demanding and Textum has met the challenge by adding to its specialty fabrics capabilities. We are able to provide 3D fabrics, 3D Preforms, helical/circular fabrics, seamless tubular fabrics, narrow woven tape and webbing and braided structures.
All composite parts are not flat – so why should all composite fabric be flat? At Textum we realize that composite parts take many different shapes and sizes. That’s why we have worked diligently over the years to develop specialty and 3D textiles in addition to our focus on flat fabrics. Textum holds exclusive rights to multiple US and foreign patents covering 3D and shaped fabrics.
Previously, when a parts manufacturer needed to produce helical or circular textile patterns for reinforcing a disk shape they were limited to a couple of methods. One was to cut helical or circular shapes from 0/90 broad fabric. The second was to cut wedge shaped patterns from broad fabric and lay these segments into a helical mold (this second method was usually done with prepreg). In both methods, the fabric waste can exceed 50% due to cutting losses. In the second method, there was the addition cost of excessive labor associated with the lay-up process. Textum’s technology allows for the weaving of continuous helical fabrics thus overcoming both of these drawbacks.