Autocomposites Update: Engine oil pans
As thermoplastic composites makes inroads into these complex, modular parts, weight and cost go down, functionality goes up.

Yachtbuilding Composites: Rigged for Success
Carbon composite cabling in several forms races ahead of dry fibers and stainless steel in sailboat rigging.


Looking for Lindberghs
Every paradigm-shifting invention throughout human history has been met with skepticism. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan says the composites industry has need of those willing to attempt what most believe impossible.

By the Numbers

CW Business Index at 51.9 – Three straight months of US growth
Steve Kline, Jr., the director of market intelligence for Gardner Business Media Inc. (Cincinnati, OH, US), the publisher of CompositesWorld magazine, reports the CompositesWorld Business Index for January 2015.

Composites: Perspectives and Provocations

Incremental thinking just won’t cut it!
Composites industry consultant and regular CW columnist Dale Brosius says if this industry is to have a future that goes anywhere profitable, then we've got to get off the road we're on and map out a whole new way to think about the tasks at hand.

Composites: Past, Present and Future

Applying the Internet of Things to composites production efficiency
The Internet of Things is defined as the technology of connecting devices, systems and services that goes beyond mere machine-to-machine communications. Guest columnist Avner Ben-Bassat, president/CEO of Plataine Ltd. (Waltham, MA, US) calls for its implementation in the aerospace manufacturing workplace.

Show Coverage

Carbon Fiber 2014 Conference Report
Automation, alternative PAN precursor and carbon composites on commercial aircraft top the bill at December’s event on the US West Coast.

Inside Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing: Can you print a car?
Collaborative demonstration dispels doubt about 3D printing’s disruptive potential for direct-to-digital manufacturing of just about anything BIG.


Composite manhole covers
UK utility trials ultralight access covers to reduce worker injuries and resulting compensation claims

Modular composite tank kits
This fluid-storage tank component supplier employs Europe’s largest reusable vacuum bag

Focus on Design

SkyPath: Scenic bikeway/walkway a winner with composites
E-glass/carbon/epoxy provides the means for this long-sought addition to a 1.1-km harbor bridge in New Zealand’s capital city.

Plant Tour

Cobham Composites: San Diego, CA, US
An aerocomposites force since the dawn of the 1980s, this fabricator’s Big Idea is to move from quality control to in-situ process control on the strength of metrics powered by Big Data.

Products and Literature

· Elsevier adds polymer matrix composites database to Knovel

· High-performance polyketone compounds

· Long fiber-reinforced nylon compounds

· Polymer modified carbon nanotube additive

· Pre-compressed, stitch-bonded core

· Resin mixing and dispensing system

· Specialized cutting tools

· Ultrasound camera system

· Web-based composites design software


Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM): Increasing material feed and speed
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Knoxville, TN, US) and Cincinnati Incorporated (Harrison, OH, US) take steps to increase the laydown rate on their large-format, gantry-based thermoplastic composite 3D printer.