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EX22 6EW Holsworthy
United Kingdom

Sharp & Tappin Technology Ltd will be showcasing its range of Advanced Composite Plate Saws & Routers at this years Advanced Engineering Show in Birmingham, highlighting how accurate, repeatable and easy to-use these machines are for quickly and safely cutting composite plate or test specimens.

Sharp and Tappins' range of Compcut™ advanced composite machining solutions are fully enclosed CNC units designed to easily and efficiently cut composite materials.

Compcut’s intuitive cutting system consistently delivers a highly accurate cut, displaying unrivalled surface finish plus excellent parallelism and perpendicularity.

The standard range of machines offers a selection of envelopes suitable for a variety of panel sizes and thicknesses, easily satisfying R&D and specimen cutting demands right through to production component trimming and sectioning.


Product news

  • Sharp & Tappin Compcut plate saw exceeds NCC expectations

    The Materials Testing Team at the National Composites Centre (NCC) has recently completed a year-long trial of the Compcut 200 with very positive results in terms of overall performance, usability, adaptability and technical precision.

    The NCC already employed a large bespoke designed Sharp & Tappin Plate Saw and had approached Sharp & Tappin to explore options for a smaller more flexible unit that could meet an increasing internal demand for speedy small sample cutting across a range of material types, whilst meeting a comprehensive set of technical and operational criteria.

    Small batch sample cutting at NCC had previously involved manual cutting with inherent accuracy issues and a time-consuming admin process to arrange the operation. Following an initial trial demonstration, the NCC Material Testing Team installed the Compcut 200 in April 2018 and has been carefully monitoring its performance and effectiveness in a busy working environment.

    The results have proved very positive with the Compcut 200 meeting and exceeding the Testing Team’s expectations, citing the following as key factors for its success:

    a) Ease of use – requiring the minimum of training, the unit can be used by all the team
    b) A self-contained unit that fits perfectly into an operational Laboratory environment
    c) Fully enclosed housing -that improves operator safety
    d) Speedy operational process – maximising throughput & reducing waiting times
    e) Exceptional precision with superb cut quality, perpendicularity & parallelism

    In additional to successfully meeting technical and operational criteria, the introduction of the Compcut 200 has had other dynamic effects on the Materials Testing Team’s core role.

    The team are now able to react more swiftly to meet R&D and urgent testing requirements and are increasingly able to offer quick turnaround sample cutting services to other teams within the NCC – helping to position them as a responsive and proactive unit serving the wider organisation.



    Over recent months Sharp & Tappin have been working closely with the Materials Testing Team at the prestigious National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol to mount a series of extensive cutting trials on samples of Ceramic Matrix Composite (CMC) materials.

    The tests at the NCC have been undertaken using a range of our Compcut Advanced Composite Plate Saws and have successfully confirmed their ability to easily and effectively produce rectangular specimens from the CMC test materials – consistently displaying superb precision, cut quality, perpendicularity and parallelism.

    The Materials Testing Team at the NCC are also employing our first pre-production Compcut PCR 500 Router to cut dog-bone shaped specimens from CMC materials. The results have also proved very positive with the Router producing the same levels of proficiency as the Compcut saws albeit at a slightly slower rate, due to the Router’s different approach to the cutting process.

    Ben Sharp, CEO – Sharp & Tappin comments; ‘We are proud to be working with the team at the NCC in testing these specialist composites and are naturally delighted that both the Compcut Plate Saws and the new Router have performed so well.

    These tests confirm yet gain the versatility and adaptability of our Compcut range of machining solutions offering clients the ability to cut a wide spectrum of different materials to an extremely high standard, with a consistent cut quality and exceptional tolerances for both parallelism & perpendicularity.

    In addition we are pleased with progress in developing our new Compcut Router which will be formally launched at the Advanced Engineering Show later this year – the first prototype of which was developed for the NCC and as such has successfully met every challenge set before it!’

    The Compcut PCR 500 Router is already attracting extensive interest throughout the UK and Europe in advance of its official release at the Advanced Engineering Show.