Greetings! In our new "normal" I am looking forward to presenting Cevotec's Fiber Patch Placement (FPP) composite manufacturing system in a webinar. It is the disruptive technology for the automated fiber layup of geometrically complex composites and reinforcements. The process uses a pick-and-place robot with a flexible patch gripper to precisely place defined fiber patches, automatically cut from a tape, on a 3D mold mounted on a tool manipulation robot. This allows for a discrete orientation of each patch and eliminates scrap as well as additional forming processes through additive, 3D net-shape preforming – either with dry-fiber or thermoset prepreg tape. Through individual orientation of each patch along load paths, mechanical properties like stiffness and strength improve up to 150% while the additive, individual fiber placement saves up to 30% of the precious material.