This new machine has been specifically designed to offer composite R&D teams and test centres affordable access to an ‘easy to use’, intuitively sophisticated small form factor and extremely robust precision composite router.

The PCR 300 router is available as a complete solution package incorporating a comprehensive range of cutting tools, workholding fixtures and a suite of machining programs that facilitate quick and easy operation.

Ben Sharp, Sharp & Tappin’s managing director, comments: “We have applied the same development approach to the PCR 300, that underpins the versatile Compcut 200 composite plate saw – creating a compact, easy to use machine that offers an affordable, high quality, composite cutting solution - An advantage that small in-house test centres and R & D departments throughout the UK are beginning to recognise.”

The new router range has been developed through a ‘proof of concept’ development programme run over the last three years in conjunction with the National Composites Centre in Bristol.

The test and trial results have led to the creation of what is essentially a hybrid machining solution incorporating elements from CNC routers such as a high speed spindle and easy flat laminate compatibility, together with the precision and flood coolant capability associated with vertical machining centres encapsulated in a fully enclosed structure, creating what is effectively a new machining format that is easy to use without any need for specific CNC expertise.