Product development & Engineering

We develop industrial, structural and effective composite products and structures.

Too often people try to use composites as a direct substitute to metals, however, this generally won’t work. Composites are orthotropic materials, resulting in non-homogeneous behaviour. This creates advantages and limitations at the same time; it is something to take into account for sure.

When designing a composite structure we always look at the design, materials and production method together to ensure the most efficient design.

Our process

Requirement definition

Getting a clear definition of functional and technical requirements is key for a succesful product.

Generally we start with an interview or brainstorm session with our customer to get a full overview of all requirements.

Design and engineering

Based on the requirements we will start with basic engineering. We will involve our customer on regular intervals to ensure the direction is fully in line with expectations.

Depending on the product we use 3D computer modelling techniques and/or finite element analysis (FEA) to assure product performance.

Prototyping and testing

We often see non-standard designs where a certain amount of validation is required. Sometimes this can be done using coupon tests (modulus, strength, impact, temperature depence) and sometimes a prototype has to be made to achieve the required level of confidence.

Scale-up assistance

Production scale-up is an important step in any product life-cycle. Fiberneering has the means and knowledge to assist in both small scale as well as large production series.

Documentation

Documentation generally includes an engineering report, 3d model and 2d production drawings and QA report. Depending on the expectations of our customer this can be more or less detailed, however, the goal is always to ensure the product is fully documented and the product can be produced effectivly directly as well as 5 years in the future.

Jasper BouwmeesterProduct Development & Engineering