Cutting machine for composites research

The University of Nottingham has reportedly acquired a composite cutting machine from machining specialist Compcut for its composite research group.

According to the company, the University previously used a traditional diamond blade plate saw to cut carbon epoxy material. This required composite sheets to be manually guided through the blade, increasing the risk of injury and introducing variability to the specimens.

The ACS 300 machine has a 300mm x 300mm clear panel size and a cut test samples finish which reportedly requires no post-processing, so that they can be used for microscopy and tensile and compressive testing.