vdL Composites specialise in the routing of composite panel kits generated from electronic design files. Our state of the art CNC machinery and experienced operators ensure that every job is produced to the exacting standards demanded by today's market.
Every job is previewed on our CAD/CAM workstations and nested to reduce material wastage. Our stringent quality control systems ensure every job is made to your exact specifications.
Fabricators can be ensured of consistent part quality and higher production rates. Waste, labour, equipment and floor space are eliminated, resulting in significant cost savings.
Other CNC Routing Services
Custom and Production Core Kits
MDF and Plywood Temporary Build Frames
In addition to plain and scarffed composite panels, vdL Composites manufactures pre-cut, ready to fabricate kits. Computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM) processes, combined with computer numeric control (CNC) equipment allows the production of pre-fabricated manufacturing kits.
The kit form process is practical, even for one-off projects, if the part files are available from a naval architect or designer. Parts to be formed into curved surfaces can be translated by design software into the correct flat panel shapes, and this electronic information is supplied to vdL C's engineers and draftsmen. All parts required for the project are nested together within the composite panels to reduce wastage.
Once the panels are manufactured, the CAD information is used by a CNC router to machine the programmed shapes into the panels. All parts are left attached to the panel by small tabs to ensure the kit arrives with all components securely in place. The tabs are easily cut away when the panels have been joined.
The panels are sequentially numbered to indicate the correct joining sequence, and a nesting diagram, showing part numbers and descriptions is supplied for easy identification.
CNC-routed temporary frames
CNC-routed plywood or MDF (medium density fibreboard) temporary frames can also be supplied to provide the builder with accurate sections that are cut exactly to drawing specifications.