• Axon has developed
a composite material system that allows for automotive body structures
to be manufactured affordably using space frames thus minimising the
requirement for expensive materials. This philosophy places high
stiffness and high strength materials only where they are required
allowing cheaper materials to be used for low stress structural panels.
This approach has shown that as little as 15kg of carbon fibre per
vehicle is feasible. Glass fibre braids can also be manufactured using
is as strong as steel
and 60% lighter - for applications that require energy to move a
such as a car, the savings in fuel costs are up to 20%.
• A fundamental part of the frame is our
patented material AxontexTM
which starts out as a braided tube which is
infused with resin to form a beam of the desired cross sectional shape.
This braided beam approach allows for minimal material wastage as only
the beam ends require trimming (closed aperture surrounds require no
trimming). This allows one dimensional (1D) beams through to three
dimensional (3D) frames to be manufactured. The process has been proven
on four different vehicles with 3D mouldings being successfully
implemented. The process can be automated for high-volume production
and also hand made for small series production and prototyping runs.
and frame structures
contain no structural internal structural foams or formers and are thus
hollow. It is possible to allow for wiring looms to be run within the
is the world's only patented mass production technology for structural
space-frame applications made from carbon fibre. Other carbon processes
panels and sheets. The benefits are as follows:
Tooling complexity and
costs are low -
multiple design iterations can be tested quickly and economically.
The characteristics of an
can be tuned to give specific stiffness, strength and crash performance
the need for tooling modification. This reduces design and development
can easily be formed
into single curved components and structures of much greater complexity
other lightweight competitors such as aluminium.
The processes to fully
production of AxontexTM structures have been
developed and patented.
For the first time, this will enable the production of entire vehicle
frames from composites alone. Axon
Automotive has designed many structures using loops or hoops of carbon
made from flexible tubes.
can be used to make a range of vehicle structures
been multi award winning:
Bonding loops of carbon
fibre beams or hoops
of carbon fibre beams, along with branching of beam structures has also
technique can be used to produce vehicle structures from carbon fibre,
beams from made from the flexible tube AxontexTM
technique for the design and manufacture
of complex, low weight carbon fibre vehicle structures can be achieved
piece cost and very low investment cost, due to very low waste
materials processing. The
design and manufacture is backed up by
comprehensive (computer aided analysis) CAA techniques to predict the
properties of the structures.