DiscoTape™
Pepin Associates, Inc.  developed a technology by which continuous,
unidirectional prepreg tape is cut into narrow, discrete segments while
maintaining alignment and adherence to its contact paper backing. The
result is an aligned, discontinuous unidirectional tape. The
discontinuous nature of the tape allows it to stretch in its reinforcement
direction, permitting the forming of complex shaped layups from simple
initial shapes such as flat plates and tubes. The goal of the tape is to
increase efficiency of fabricating complex composite shapes by
eliminating the need to cut and dart during layup and for the technician
to create a preform.
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DiscoTape™
Complex Shaped Part Fabrication
DiscoTape™ is comprised of finger-jointed segments.  The segment
patterns are governed by the required mechanical properties of the part
and the contours to be formed,