Wetform

The wetform process is similar to paper manufacturing, with the main difference being the amount of synthetic fibers present in the web. A wide variety of natural and synthetic fibers can be used in the process, creating a material with similar strength in all directions. 

To form the web, a dilute slurry of water and fibers is deposited onto a moving wire screen and then drained. Excess water is further removed, the web is consolidated, and then, dried. Binders may be included at a later stage of the process.

The mixture of fibers and random orientation of the bonding means that surface quality may be unpredictable. An automated monitoring system can assess this to support consistent results. In addition, while the rolling may remove some problems, roller defects can introduce others, so inspection is important at this stage, too.
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