Unique carbon-fibre moulding technology produces demonstrator roof for Audi A1

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  • Resin spray transfer (RST) and Qure technologies to produce paintable ‘Class A’ surface composite parts
  • Moulding carbon-fibre components using fluids instead of standard autoclave techniques
  • Applications: automotive parts such as bonnets, decklids and canopies

Quickstep Holdings announced the completion of a German government-funded project that has confirmed Quickstep’s ability to manufacture niche volume carbon fibre composite vehicle parts more efficiently than traditional processes.

10,000 ‘Class A’ surface composite parts per annum

In the final report submitted to a consortium of industry partners including the German Government and car manufacturer Audi, the PRESCHE project demonstrated the ability of Quickstep’s resin spray transfer (RST) and Qure technologies to produce paintable, ‘Class A’ surface composite parts at a lower cost than traditional autoclave processes in niche volumes of up to 10,000 parts per annum.

Demonstrator roof system for Audi A1

Commencing in November 2011, the PRESCHE project focused on the delivery of commercial composite car parts using a number of new technologies. A key outcome was the automation of some of the key steps in composite part manufacturing to deliver ‘Class A’ finish automotive parts such as bonnets, decklids and canopies. A demonstrator roof system for an Audi A1 vehicle, for example, was also produced.

First two automotive contracts secured

“The project highlighted the capability and benefits of our industry-disruptive technologies, validating our Phase 1 automotive strategy to focus initially on lower volume opportunities. This has assisted in securing Quickstep’s first two automotive contracts, with manufacturing expected to commence in early 2016.”, according to Quickstep managing director David Marino.

Moulding carbon-fibre components using fluids instead of standard autoclave techniques

The Qure technology is a patented technology that moulds carbon-fibre components using fluids instead of standard autoclave techniques, reducing costs and processing time. It uses the company’s RST technology to create carbon fibre parts with a ‘Class A’ surface finish more efficiently than traditional systems.

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