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Published: 3/2/2015

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.

Published: 9/1/2011

Improving laminates through anisotropy and homogenization
Dr. Stephen Tsai, professor research emeritus in the Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University, discusses the merits of unbalanced (anisotropic) layers in composite laminates.

Published: 9/1/2011

Purging conservatism from composite designs
Craig Collier, president of Collier Research Group (Hampton, Va.) says cross-discipline software interconnectivity will unlock the full potential of composites.

Published: 11/1/2010

Future multifunctional structures: Composites needed
Barton Bennett (Odyssian Technology, South Bend, Ind.) discusses multifunctional systems that will soon integrate composite structures with sensors, mechanisms and subsystems.

Published: 7/1/2010

The digital thread: Transformation to automation
Dr. Leslie Cohen traces the “digital thread” on which automation of composites fabrication processes depends.

Published: 10/6/2008

Prototyping and manufacturing by additive fabrication
 Additive fabrication (AF) technology, such as laser sintering (LS) and fused deposition modeling (FDM), encompasses a wide range of applications. The earliest was rapid prototyping to support design, concept modeling, fit/function testing, and pat...

Published: 5/1/2006

Aircraft Repair Can And Should Be Automated
Consultant Fred Perkins (Federal Engineering Associates LLC, McLean, Va.) is currently involved in quality control and mission assurance for defense programs as well as a Phase I SBIR program for the U.S. Air Force, applying stochastic design analys...

Published: 7/1/2004

Carbon fiber markets and goComp.biz iPod winner
As I write this, I'm preparing for a 4th of July family reunion celebration at my house. If that isn't scary enough, contractors are still putting the finishing touches on a two-year-long remodeling project, during which I've been camping out in my ...