humm3 technology is at the heart of the test facility at DLR in Stade, Germany. Since 2017 research has been ongoing with new composite materials for space and aircraft structures. The aim of the collaboration between Heraeus Noblelight and DLR is, to establish a powerful, controllable and safe heat source for industrial manufacturing processes of composite materials such as Automated Tape Laying (ATL) and Automated Fibre Placement (AFP).
Humm3 optimizes industrial manufacturing of composite materials
The results of trials show the high level of control over a wide range of temperatures that can be achieved using humm3®. The suitability of humm3® in terms of performance and safety for large-scale industrial integration has been proved.
The Xenon technology has been developed by Heraeus Noblelight (Cambridge, UK) and branded humm3® heating technology is compact, scalable and controllable. The main advantages are: rapid uniform heating, equivalent to a laser; a high levels of control; scalable heating zone sizes, from narrow to 300mm and beyond; and enhanced safety which makes enclosing the layup process unnecessary.
Heraeus Noblelight is exhibiting in the UK pavilion at JEC Paris (Hall 6A Booth S50), please visit us to find out more about our humm3 technology. DLR are also exhibiting at JEC Paris (Hall 5A Booth E67) where there will be a humm3 head module on display.