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Title:
APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING COMPOSITE AIRFOILS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/103835
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
The present disclosure is directed to an apparatus and method for manufacturing a composite component. The apparatus includes a mold onto which the composite component is formed. The mold is disposed within a grid defined by a first axis and a second axis. The apparatus further includes a first frame assembly disposed above the mold and a plurality of machine heads coupled to the first frame assembly within the grid in an adjacent arrangement along the first axis. At least one of the mold or the plurality of machine heads is moveable along the first axis, the second axis, or both. At least one of the machine heads of the plurality of machine heads is moveable independently of one another along a third axis. A second frame assembly is moveable above the mold along the first axis, the second axis, or both. The second frame assembly includes a holding device. The holding device affixes to and releases from an outer skin to place and displace the outer skin at the mold.

Inventors:
TOBIN, James, Robert (300 Garling Road, Greenville, SC, 29615, US)
JOHNSON, Stephen Bertram (23 Oliver Street, New Castle, NH, 03854, US)
Application Number:
US2018/059303
Publication Date:
July 25, 2019
Filing Date:
November 06, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1 River Road, Schenectady, NY, 12345, US)
International Classes:
B29C70/42; B29C70/34; F03D1/06
Foreign References:
US20170252966A12017-09-07
US20150298403A12015-10-22
US20170204833A12017-07-20
CN104955278A2015-09-30
US20120138218A12012-06-07
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BONDURA, Stephen, E. et al. (Dority & Manning, P.A.P.O. Box 144, Greenville SC, 29602, US)
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