LAP’s laser projectors refine carbon fins production
CAD-PRO laser projection system optimizes workflow and increases productivity for the manufacturer of freediving equipment alchemy, Greece
CAD-PRO laser projection system makes lay-up tasks easy and safe
The 100 percent carbon fiber fins for freediving & spearfishing are alchemy’s top product. The design of these high-end products consists of eleven to fifteen carbon fiber layers depending on the model. During the lay-up process the correct central alignment of each layer is crucial. Thus, alchemy utilizes the LAP CAD-PRO projection system to ensure that all dry carbon fiber fabric pieces are stacked in the correct places. For this task, LAP delivered the CAD-PRO laser projector, laser targets for calibration, and the user-friendly LAP PRO-SOFT TP software. CAD-PRO projects true size outlines onto the work surface. The data for generating the projection is directly imported from the AutoCAD 3D tool. This means that the worker knows where to place the layers and he can precisely center them with the laser lines.
Higher accuracy, more efficiency
The benefits, above all the accuracy and the digital workflow of the laser projection system, convince alchemy: CAD-PRO not only reduces complexity within the process but also leads to a noticeable improvement of production efficiency. “We are extremely satisfied with the result,” says Dimitrios G. Pantazis, owner and manager of alchemy. “The laser projection system is exactly what we needed to proceed with our constructions to a complete new level. Installation was simple and the accuracy and the ease of use exceeded our expectations.”
Sports & leisure – a worldwide growing market for carbon fiber
Companies worldwide such in the aerospace, wind energy and shipbuilding industry producing components from composite materials, have already been using LAP’s CAD-PRO laser projection system for many years. The sports & leisure industry is another important market for carbon fiber that will steadily grow at a global scale, particularly in Asia. Ralf Müller-Polyzou, head of marketing and product management at LAP, states: “Approximately 8.000 tons of carbon fiber are being used for sports & leisure products in 2016 representing a share of 11 percent of the global carbon fiber demand. According to market studies the segment is growing with an average growth rate of 3.8 percent representing a rather mature market. However, countries like China and India create additional market demand with the increasing spending capabilities of their middle-class citizens.” Thereby, new products are entering the market: “Many sports & leisure products benefit from the exceptional properties of carbon material. In the early stage carbon golf clubs and fishing poles entered the market. Since then new products such as helmets, hockey clubs, arches and surfboards became popular. Carbon fiber fins produced by alchemy are another example in the sport & leisure industry that is constantly driving for highest performance,” says Mr. Müller-Polyzou.
LAP GmbH Laser Applikationen
For more than 30 years, LAP has been developing, manufacturing and distributing laser measurement systems, line lasers and laser template projectors for industrial and medical applications. LAP products are high-precision devices Made in Germany. Using LAP laser systems, customers improve performance and increase the quality of their products as well as the effectiveness of their processes.