Quickstep wins Aerospace Australia Defence Innovation award

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  • Quickstep Process replaces batch processing with faster serial production
  • Technology based on fluids to cure components
  • Manufacturing of 4.5 x 6 metre shielding for satellite launch vehicles

Quickstep Holdings, the manufacturer of high-grade carbon-fibre components for the aerospace and automotive industries, has received the Aerospace Australia Defence Industry Innovation Award for 2015. The Quickstep Process addresses industry needs for a faster, more cost effective method of developing carbon-fibre composite structures. Advantages of the new technology include shorter curing times, simplified tooling processes and lower costs.

Quickstep Process replaces batch processing with faster serial production

The Quickstep Process outperforms the current benchmark for aerospace composite curing, large energy consuming autoclaves, to enable replacement of batch processing with faster, more energy efficient serial production. The technology is based on fluids to cure components, which improves control over curing and reduces cycle times. This process enables significant savings compared to traditional curing methods such as convective heating.

Manufacturing of 4.5 x 6 metre shielding for satellite launch vehicles

The company’s first Quickstep Process plant for a commercial customer is nearing delivery. Aerospace components manufacturer ORPE Technologiya will use the Quickstep Process to manufacture 4.5 metre x 6 metre shielding for satellite launch vehicles, realising significant cost savings compared to traditional curing techniques, according to David Marino, Managing Director of Quickstep.

Quickstep is also working with other aerospace and defence companies, including Airbus, to demonstrate the use of its technology for a range of aerostructures. Only a few months ago, the company announced that it has entered into its first agreement to utilise its new “Resin Spray Transfer” (RST) technology developed for the automotive industry.

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