Benefits of 3D Woven Composite Fabrics

Manufacturing.net | March 27, 2019

Benefits of 3D Woven Composite Fabrics
Three-dimensional weaving of composite fabrics can produce complex, single-piece structures that are strong and lightweight. Compared to traditional two-dimensionally woven fabrics, 3D weaving reduces weight, eliminates the delamination often experienced with 2D-woven fabrics, reduces crack risks, and lowers production time. 3D-woven fabrics also offer direct and indirect manufacturing and operational cost reductions.
Most fabrics are woven in two dimensions-the X-axis (length) and the Y-axis (width). 3D woven fabrics include weaving through the thickness, or the Z axis. This produces complex, single-piece structures. Looms are the primary tool for weaving fabrics. Nearly as old as civilization itself, looms are ideal machines for weaving 2D fabrics, including webbing, straps, belts, and tapes. However, they cannot weave 3D fabrics without extensive tooling.

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