Composite parts are formed in molds, also known as tools. Tools can be made from virtually any material. The material type, shape and complexity depend upon the part and length of production run. Here's a short summary of the issues involved in electing and making tools.
TenCate Advanced Armor USA intros sensor technology
The new technology allows real-time inspection of the ballistic integrity of hard body armor inserts.
TenCate expands U.K. plant
The expanded Langley Mill plant will become a Centre of Excellence for thermoset chemistry systems serving EMEA.
TenCate supplies composites to ICON Aircraft for A5 sport aircraft
TenCate Advanced Composites reveals that is a supplier of advanced composites for use in the manufacture of ICON Aircraft's A5 Amphibious Sport Aircraft.
SAMPE 2013 Long Beach new product showcase
The SAMPE 2013 trade show (May 6-9, in Long Beach, Calif.) was the venue for introductions of a large number of new composite materials, technologies and manufacturing processes. Here's the HPC editorial staff's compilation of what was on display.
JEC Europe 2013 review
Snow in Paris slowed traffic to the show floor but did nothing to cool the enthusiasm of composites innovators in a broad range of markets.
JEC 2013 at first blush
CT Editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan risks some immediate reactions to his week in Paris at the JEC Europe 2013 composites trade show.
Resins for the Hot Zone, Part II: BMIs, CEs, benzoxazines and phthalonitriles
Next-generation aerospace programs demand higher temperatures for structural and hot-section components, fostering advances in thermoset resin chemistry.
TenCate picked by ATK for composites in centrifuge program
TenCate will provide prepreg material for the manufacture of composite rotor tubes
used in USEC Inc.'s American nuclear material centrifuge plant in
TenCate Acquires YLA and CCS Composites - 4/1/2008
TenCate Advanced Composites USA Inc. (Morgan Hill, Calif.), a subsidiary of Royal TenCate (Nijverdal, The Netherlands), signed a definitive stock purchase agreement to buy all the shares of YLA Advanced Composite Materials Inc. and CCS Composites Inc. from Perstorp Holdings AB (Perstorp, Sweden). The deal is subject
TenCate Advanced Composites acquires YLA and CCS Composites
Niche specialty chemicals company Perstorp (Perstorp, Sweden) announced on Jan. 23 that it has entered into an agreement to sell YLA Inc. and its subsidiary CCS Composites LLC, both based in Benicia, Calif., to TenCate Advanced Composites USA Inc. (Morgan Hill, Calif.). The divestment is said to be in line with
YLA (Benicia, Calif.) has developed Xponent, a new family of resins for unmanned aerial, underwater and surface vehicles (UAVs, UUVs and USVs, respectively), targeting lightweight structural, mechanical and airfoil components. The material is available for use with unidirectional and woven prepregs reinforced with
YLA Inc. (Benicia, Calif.) has introduced three new adhesive films suitable for use in satellite, aerospace and defense, commercial aircraft, industrial, consumer and sporting applications: RS-4A polycarbonate film adhesive was developed to provide maximum bonding compatibility and adhesion for core/skin structures
Autoclave Quality Outside The Autoclave?
Pioneers of out-of-autoclave processing in aerospace applications answer a qualified but enthusiastic Yes!
An update on composite tanks for cryogens
More automation, improved materials bring composite fuel tanks for space applications closer to reality.
Designing for dimensional stability in space
The accuracy of orbiting instruments depends on skillfully designed and manufactured composite components.
Are high-temp thermosets ready to go commercial?
Developed for the U.S. military, these high-performance matrices are branching out into wider use.
Carbon composites move beyond racing yachts into commercial and military marine applications.
Marine carbon composites move beyond racing yachts into commercial and military vessels.
Post-show review of the 2004 U.S. SAMPE Symposium
Largest-ever Symposium serves up a large helping of news and new technologies from advanced composites suppliers.