Near-Net-Shape in One Step

The advantages of over-braiding as method for the manufacture of composites are many and varied yet highly pronounced around the ability of technology to produce near-net-shape structures – with complex geometries – in fewer steps.

Often, over-braided structures can be designed for production in a single, continuous process by deploying the flexible capabilities of our sophisticated, highly automated braiding equipment.

A single process with a high degree of automation that produces a near-net-shape structure typically delivers improvements in speed of manufacture, and reduces costs related to waste, touch-labor, and variability.

Proprietary Equipment and Processes

Through a long-term strategic partnership with Eurocarbon B.V. — a global pioneer in the composites industry — Highland Composites retains exclusive rights in North & South America for the manufacture and sale of braided and woven products that utilize Eurocarbon’s proprietary braiding equipment and processes.

Highland’s agreement with Eurocarbon includes full support of our own world-class Research and Development team in applications of the technology.

Eurocarbon’s braiding technology has repeatedly proven to deliver performance and cost advantages to companies in the automotive, aerospace, sporting goods, and medical industries – including such global leaders as BMW and Lamborghini.

Repeatability, Consistency, Precision

Braiders are multi-axis computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines that are programmable for rotary and linear direction, velocity, and acceleration.

When used for over-braiding, these machines offer extraordinary control over the mechanical characteristics of a three-dimensional structure through the optimization of its fiber orientations.

The ability to optimize fiber orientation and layer thickness can produce nuanced performance behaviors that are all but impossible to achieve with traditional composites manufacturing methods – all in a readily repeatable process.