In the past 50 years, research with the corresponding applications of advanced polymer composites reinforced with 3D fiber architectures has been intensively conducted. The fabrication of fiber used for composites can be realized by various technologies and processes. Braiding is one of the most versatile and efficient processes. The higher the automation in the whole simulation process will be the future trend. Through weaving, 3D textile composites can be produced near-net-shaped and composed into multilayer fabrics1. The current research interest is to increase fiber volume fraction and mechanical properties during the production process. Specially designed knitting process is viewed as the most suitable textile process for making composite materials with tailored properties. Currently, 3D printing technology is adopted in the textile industry to produce some complex structures which otherwise would not be possible to make.

  1. [06-06-2018]