Features

Structural adhesives, Part II: Aerospace
Tried-and-true legacy epoxies are a must for aerospace composites, but usage is increasing with improved forms.

The emerging commercial space industry
A decade since NASA opened extraterrestrial space to potential use as a commercial industry workplace, CW traces the role composites have played in public/private progress toward that goal.

Editorial

2016 end of summer book report
CW's Jeff Sloan takes a closer look at three books that focused on the creative application of design engineering and materials to achieve a specific goal.

By the Numbers

Gardner Business Index at 48.6 in July
Future capital spending plans measure up 53% compared with the same time period in 2015.

Composites: Perspectives and Provocations

The power of personal connections
CW columnist and IACMI chief commercialization officer Dale Brosius suggests that composites industry “old-timers” need to figure out a better way to connect to the generations that are entering the composites workforce.

Composites: Past, Present and Future

History, myths and urban legends of pultrusion
CW guest columnist and composites industry pultrusion consultant David E. Green tells us that many interesting stories have been told about the early days of pultrusion, and some of them are true.

Composites: Design & Testing

Increasing the industrial adoption of composites additive manufacturing
The additive manufacturing industry has challenged the design community to develop an efficient product engineering platform where the barriers between design, optimization and simulation would be broken and optimized parts could be explored in the design environment.

Applications

Rail line landmark restoration via pultrusion
Composites’ corrosion resistance prolongs handrail/fencing lifespan.

Focus on Design

3D printed composite parts provide solution for UAV
New technology uses long carbon fibers to boost strength and stiffness for small yet high-performance aircraft.

Plant Tour

Nanocomp Technologies Inc., Merrimack, NH, US
Its millimeter-length macro CNTs are finally realizing their commercial composites potential, with spacecraft applications leading the way.

Products and Literature

· CAMX 2015 preview: Elliott Co. of Indianapolis

· CAMX 2016 preview: A. Schulman

· CAMX 2016 preview: Abaris Training Resources

· CAMX 2016 preview: Acrolab

· CAMX 2016 preview: Adhesive Systems Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Adhesive Systems Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Advanced Composite Materials

· CAMX 2016 preview: Adwest Technologies Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: AGFM

· CAMX 2016 preview: Agilent Technologies

· CAMX 2016 preview: Airtech Advanced Materials

· CAMX 2016 preview: Akarmak

· CAMX 2016 preview: Armacell

· CAMX 2016 preview: Ashland Performance Materials

· CAMX 2016 preview: Automated Dynamics

· CAMX 2016 preview: Autometrix

· CAMX 2016 preview: Autonational Composites

· CAMX 2016 preview: Beijing Composite Materials Co. Ltd.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Beijing Jiapeng Machinery Co. Ltd.

· CAMX 2016 preview: BGF Industries

· CAMX 2016 preview: Bostik Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: C. A. Litzler

· CAMX 2016 preview: C.R. Onsrud

· CAMX 2016 preview: CGTech

· CAMX 2016 preview: Chem-Trend

· CAMX 2016 preview: Clayton Assoc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Click Bond

· CAMX 2016 preview: CNAM Center/CAPE Lab, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

· CAMX 2016 preview: Coastal Enterprises

· CAMX 2016 preview: Coats

· CAMX 2016 preview: Composite Alliance Corp.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Composites Europe

· CAMX 2016 preview: Composites One

· CAMX 2016 preview: Coosa Composites LLC

· CAMX 2016 preview: CPIC Fiberglass

· CAMX 2016 preview: Dantec Dyanmics

· CAMX 2016 preview: DelStar Technologies

· CAMX 2016 preview: Dia-Stron Ltd.

· CAMX 2016 preview: E.V. Roberts

· CAMX 2016 preview: Eastman Machine

· CAMX 2016 preview: EconCore

· CAMX 2016 preview: ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Ellsworth Adhesives

· CAMX 2016 preview: Engineering Technology Corp.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Epcon Industrial Systems

· CAMX 2016 preview: FEI

· CAMX 2016 preview: Freeman Manufacturing & Supply Co.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Gabriel Performance Products

· CAMX 2016 preview: General Plastics

· CAMX 2016 preview: Globe Plastics

· CAMX 2016 preview: Graco

· CAMX 2016 preview: GS Manufacturing

· CAMX 2016 preview: Hall Composites

· CAMX 2016 preview: Harper International

· CAMX 2016 preview: HELD Technologie GmbH

· CAMX 2016 preview: Henkel

· CAMX 2016 preview: Hennecke

· CAMX 2016 preview: Hexcel

· CAMX 2016 preview: Hi-Performance Products Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: HK Research

· CAMX 2016 preview: HOS-Technik GmbH

· CAMX 2016 preview: Huntsman Advanced Materials

· CAMX 2016 preview: IDI Composites International

· CAMX 2016 preview: Imetrum

· CAMX 2016 preview: Innegra Technologies

· CAMX 2016 preview: Innovative Composite Engineering (ICE)

· CAMX 2016 preview: Izumi International Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Janicki Industries

· CAMX 2016 preview: Laguna Tools Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: LEUCO Telcon

· CAMX 2016 preview: LEWCO

· CAMX 2016 preview: Lindau Chemicals Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Lingrove

· CAMX 2016 preview: LMG

· CAMX 2016 preview: Lucintel

· CAMX 2016 preview: M.C. Gill Composites Center/University of Southern California

· CAMX 2016 preview: Matec Instrument Cos. Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Materials Sciences Corp.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Mektech Composites

· CAMX 2016 preview: Michelman

· CAMX 2016 preview: MIKROSAM

· CAMX 2016 preview: Mokon

· CAMX 2016 preview: Montalvo

· CAMX 2016 preview: MVP

· CAMX 2016 preview: N12 Technologies

· CAMX 2016 preview: NDT Systems Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Nederman LLC

· CAMX 2016 preview: Netzsch Instruments North America

· CAMX 2016 preview: North Star Imaging

· CAMX 2016 preview: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

· CAMX 2016 preview: Olmar SA

· CAMX 2016 preview: Olympus

· CAMX 2016 preview: Omya Inc.

· CAMX 2016 Preview: Pacific Coast Composites

· CAMX 2016 preview: PakSense (Boise, ID)

· CAMX 2016 preview: Penso Group Ltd.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Permabond

· CAMX 2016 preview: Phoenix Inspection Systems Ltd.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Phoenix Inspection Systems Ltd.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Polynt Composites USA

· CAMX 2016 preview: PPG Industries

· CAMX 2016 preview: Reinhold Industries Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Renegade Materials/Maverick

· CAMX 2016 preview: REXCO

· CAMX 2016 preview: RobbJack Corp.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Royce International

· CAMX 2016 preview: Rubbercraft Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Sanders Composites Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Shikoku Chemicals Corp.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Sicomin Epoxy Systems

· CAMX 2016 preview: SikaAxson US

· CAMX 2016 preview: STELIA Aerospace North America

· CAMX 2016 preview: Stiles Machinery Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: T Plates Global

· CAMX 2016 preview: Technical Fibre Products

· CAMX 2016 preview: Technology Design Ltd.

· CAMX 2016 preview: TenCate Advanced Composites

· CAMX 2016 preview: The Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure

· CAMX 2016 preview: Tiger-Vac Inc.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Tiodize

· CAMX 2016 preview: TMP

· CAMX 2016 preview: UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design

· CAMX 2016 preview: Unicomposite Technology Co. Ltd.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Uni-ram Corp.

· CAMX 2016 preview: Vectorply

· CAMX 2016 preview: Ventilation Solutions

· CAMX 2016 preview: Victrex USA

· CAMX 2016 preview: Virtek/Gerber Technology

· CAMX 2016 preview: Wickert USA

· CAMX 2016 preview: Wisconsin Oven

· CAMX 2016 preview: YXLON

· CAMX 2016 preview: Zoltek

· CAMX 2016 preview: Zwick USA

Sidebar

The emerging commercial space industry: Google’s Lunar XPRIZE
This sidebar to the September 2016 feature story on the emerging commercial space industry focuses on Google’s Lunar XPRIZE.

The emerging commercial space industry: Habitats and CubeSats
This sidebar to the September 2016 feature story on the emerging commercial space industry focuses on Habitats and CubeSats.

Work in Progress

Breathing-mold process yields sandwich composite from LFT
In-cavity foaming and controlled mold-opening technique creates core and faceskins from a single injection molded material, reducing part mass and boosting performance.

Carbon/epoxy Cadillac hood
Automated process for prepreg hood inner/outer cuts weight by 20% and yields Class A exterior out of the autoclave.