Overcoming complexity. Leather is one of the most difficult materials to manipulate. Technical textiles such as PVC, insulating foam and coated fabric require specific treatment adapted to their thickness, weight and composition. Composite materials such as fiber glass or carbon fiber, which are extremely light and are still flexible when cut, provide better resistance than steel after being rigidified to obtain their final shape. Cutting quality must remain constant regardless of the complexity of the material used. Benefiting from the experience of other markets. Coming under strong environmental and economic pressure, many companies in these industries are showing a strong interest in the advances in cutting technologies, which have proved their worth in other markets such as automotive and furniture. Assuring quality and optimizing material use. Quality is an absolute must and is at the heart of process. Furthermore, the high cost of materials makes it imperative for manufacturers to optimize their use to avoid any waste. The production mode,
often just-in-time, put in place by manufacturers seeks to guarantee a high level of performance, perfect traceability and compliance with safety regulations.
1 — Airplane interiors, such as those of the Airbus A380, are becoming more sophisticated and are made of elaborate designs using leather or composite materials. 2 — Lectra solutions are capable of cutting the most complex materials. 3 — Measuring up to 75 meters long in a single piece, the blades of a wind turbine are cut before being shaped. 4 — Composite materials are used in the composition of pieces subject to extreme physical conditions, such as the airplane aerostructures and helicopter blades. Pictured here: Bell Helicopter.