Editorial

In the midst of a paradigm reconstruction in automotive materials
The effects of paradigm shifts in shared experience.

By the Numbers

Gardner Business Index at 49.7 in October
Employment is up and composites in the US electronics industry continue a 2016 growth trend.

Composites: Perspectives and Provocations

Some predictions for 2017
We will see even greater progress in 2017 than we saw in 2016, some surprising, some long awaited.

Composites: Past, Present and Future

Navigating tighter HSE standards for composites manufacturers worldwide
Solvent-free, HSE standard- compliant processing aids perform, today, as well as solvent-based products.

Show Coverage

CAMX 2016 Show Report
The 3rd annual joint ACMA/SAMPE-sponsored trade event comes to Anaheim with an exhibition and conference program attractive to professionals across the composites world.

Composites: Design & Testing

Thermography: The Big Picture gets bigger
Recent advances in IR camera technology are ... fueling another surge in thermography use.

Inside Manufacturing

3D knitting solves preforming cost, time, performance equation
Disruptive digitized technology a dramatic step-change in near-net preform production for Dassault Falcon interior air duct.

Applications

Cored carbon air-supported vessel
Tuco Marine’s ASV a sustainable yet speedy craft.

Redesigned bonded fasteners enable RTM railway cabinets
Adhesion Technologies Ltd. (ATL, Hampshire, UK) has developed a range of in-mold bonded fasteners, which reduce build time by eliminating the need for hole-drilling.

Focus on Design

On Mars, not just any suit will do
NASA seeks impact resistance in next-generation space suit.

Sidebar

Falcons advance bizjet state of the art
Falcon jets are produced by Dassault Aviation (Paris, France) in Saint-Cloud and Bordeaux, with final assembly at the Bordeaux-Mérignac plant.

How is knitting different?
There are three principal methods of manipulating fibers or yarns into textile fabrics.

Work in Progress

Natural fiber composites gaining traction in automotive
New water-borne, wet-application acrylic resin enables new opportunities in car interiors.