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Air Force Research Laboratories

afg-121101-009_copyWorking under a research contract with the United States Air Force, our Advanced Products Group developed quasi-isotropic technology to keep pace with the evolution of military and commercial aircraft.

Bally Ribbon Mills had to first develop the weaving technology. Out of this effort, our patented 3-D Bias Loom was born and has placed Bally Ribbon Mills on the leading edge of weaving science. The computerized machine automatically weaves 3-D quasi-isotropical (0°, 90°, ±45°) near-net-shape preforms significantly reducing labor costs.

Composed of optimally oriented discrete plies that incorporate a bias ply, these 3-D woven preforms aim to:

  • Improve structural damage tolerance
  • Increase pull-off and interlaminar shear properties
  • Reduce the costs of composite parts fabrication

3-D Woven Composites: Characteristics & Uses

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Bally Ribbon Mills embraces Six Sigma Methodology

Bally Ribbon Mills has effectively embraced the Six Sigma methodology for improved productivity, efficiency and cost savings which allows us to better serve the needs of our customers  3.4 The […]

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Inside, we highlight topics such as:

  • Common Specifications: (Mil-Spec, PIA, & UL)
  • Fabrication Methods: (Braiding, Jacquard Loom, Shuttle Loom, etc.)
  • Weave Types: (Basket, Plain, Satin, Twill)

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Understanding the  Versality of 3D Woven  CompositesDownload eBook Benefits of shuttle  Loom WeavingDownload eBook