In order to build the Lexus LFA with the precision our engineers demanded, first we had to innovate a more precise way to weave carbon fiber. The result—a 3D carbon fiber loom, capable of weaving carbon fiber to our exacting specifications.
3D weaving technology reduces the volume of materials used by 50 per cent and increases their strength. The automated process should also make it easier to produce a large volume of parts in the future. They hope to use this machine, and other carbon fibre manufacturing technologies, to create more efficient cars.