LaserEdge system is a three-dimensional laser templating system that eliminates the need for physical templates. It precisely projects a laser template onto moulds to guide operators through the ply layup process, minimising errors and maximising productivity.
“Eurocopter Canada is committed to growing as a centre of excellence in the world of composite manufacturing," states Dwayne Charette, director of Global Supply Chain at Eurocopter Canada.
"I witnessed the success of Virtek’s LaserEdge technology at Eurocopter facilities across Europe, which gave our team the facts they needed to make an informed decision about installing the system in our facility.”
Virtek worked closely with Eurocopter Canada’s composites team to assist with integrating the LaserEdge system into their clean room.
Data used by the system is usually sourced from CAD-generated laminate designs, but LaserEdge is also capable of reverse engineering in cases where data from 3D CAD is not available.
“LaserEdge proved its capabilities by reverse engineering both the parts and tools, making the entire process more cost-effective and increasing production efficiency,” reports Charette.