Schenectady, NY- February 14, 2013 - The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) awarded Automated Dynamics with $400,000 to continue to commercialize innovative machinery to build strong and lightweight parts made of composite materials via their laser-heating process.
Formerly, Automated Dynamics used an electrically-heated gas torch to fuse together layers of composite materials such as plastics containing carbon or glass fibers. Not only does the new laser technique save more than half the expended energy, it also helps to speed the rate of fabrication of lightweight, aerodynamic parts used by the aerospace, military and energy industries. This new process is estimated to improve energy efficiency of parts manufacturing by 63 percent, continuing to make New York State a center for advanced technology. The goal of this product is to commercialize laser heating systems, maturing the prototype into a turnkey solution for the integration into both Automated Dynamics fiber placement work cells and third party systems.
Automated Dynamics is looking to move to the next stage of development with the laser manufacturing technique. "Using our 30 years of experience and this new technology, this technology allows our small company to offer a product that will support or compete with the largest of composite manufacturers," said Robert Langone, President of Automated Dynamics. "Thanks to NYSERDA's funding, we can accelerate commercialization of the next generation of composite production technology while saving energy at the same time."
This process is significantly faster and allows Automated Dynamics to build materials in various shapes and designs that weren't feasible before. Depending on customer's needs, Automated Dynamics will both sell processing technology or sell parts manufactured with this technology.