Molds/Tools

Webinar presentation: Next-Generation Composites Materials and Processes (July 2020)

CompositesWorld hosted on July 28, 2020, a webinar titled, “Next-Generation Composite Materials and Processes.” If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording or download a PDF of the presentation.
#nextgenaerospace #spiritaerosystems #wingoftomorrow

Wind/Energy

FASTIGUE: Empowering digital twins of large-scale composite structures

A 3D finite element technique to resolve the fidelity-versus-speed dilemma of performing fatigue analysis for large composite structures.
#composites4_0 #infrastructure #uas

SPONSORED

INEOS Composites Drives Industry Forward with Ashland Acquisition

Those in the composites industry will now find trusted brand names and products they love from Ashland under the new INEOS Composites umbrella. Here’s what they can find.

Wisconsin Oven introduces performance monitoring system to optimize oven maintenance

Wisconsin Oven Corp. has introduced a novel IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) predictive maintenance technology designed to optimize oven efficiency.

Additive Manufacturing

AZL Aachen webinar: Tape integration into injection molding

AZL Aachen is hosting the second webinar in its Lightweight TechTalk series, titled, “Composites and Additive Manufacturing,” on Thursday, July 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:25 p.m. EDT (5:00-6:25 pm CET). 

Aerospace

MS-21 begins engine water protection tests

The test is meant to confirm that water does not disrupt any of the MS-21’s existing systems, equipment or structural elements.
#ms21

Carbon Fibers

Mitsubishi Chemical plans to acquire European carbon fiber recycling companies

Plans to acquire German companies CFK and carboNXT will further MCC’s recycling initiative in the carbon fiber composites industry.
#sustainability

VIDEO / PODCASTS

ATL/AFP | 3 MINUTE READ

Electroimpact’s 6-axis continuous fiber 3D printer, one part of future multi-functional manufacturing cell

The Scalable Composite Robotic Additive Manufacturing (SCRAM) system 3D prints with continuous fiber tape or filament and seamlessly swaps end effectors for large-scale pellet deposition and CNC machining.
#trends #outofautoclave

Aerospace |

Lilium, Toray reach carbon fiber supply agreement

Toray will provide carbon fiber directly to Lilium during development of the Lilium Jet eVTOL craft, and then to suppliers during prototyping and production. Includes video of Lilium Jet test flight.
#sustainability

CAMX Expo

Episode 32: Gregg Balko, SAMPE

Gregg Balko, CEO of SAMPE since 2004, is retiring on July 1, 2020. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan talks to Gregg about his tenure at SAMPE, changes he led and how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the trade show and conference business — including SAMPE’s.
#camx #marketing #regulation

Webinar

Large Format Tooling Applications

Learn the current opportunities that exist in the tooling market for larger format additive manufacturing; design, materials and processing requirements needed to fabricate a quality tool; and challenges faced in the industry to further LFAM adoption.

CW SPECIAL REPORTS

Prepregs

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.
#autoclave #boeing #darpa

Defense

RAPM development with PtFS

Boeing-led program explores rapid part cycles using automated, 180-channel thermal control molding cell for infusion, thermoset prepreg and thermoplastic composites.
#autoclave #boeing #darpa

Manufacturing the complex geometry parts of RAPM

Boeing-led program explores simulation, tooling, preforming and molding approaches to lower composites part cost.
#specialreport #autoclave #boeing

Compression Molding

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.
#autoclave #automation #boeing

CW PLANT TOURS

Plant Tour: RUAG Space, Decatur, Alabama, U.S.

Out-of-autoclave composites manufacturing facility comes of age with first U.S.-made composite structures for the Atlas V launcher, and qualification parts for the Vulcan.
#sustainability #adhesives #autoclave

Plant tour: Meggitt San Diego, CA, US

This aerospace and defense fabricator upgrades to a larger facility and gets, in the process, a chance to rethink and optimize material, people and process flow. 
#f-35 #layup #planttours

Plant Tour: Holland Composites, Lelystad, Netherlands

Balancing performance with affordable production, this industry veteran continues to explore composites’ infinite possibilities.
#windblades #regulation #planttours

Composites Index reading remains unchanged from May

June’s readings remain the same as quickening supplier deliveries offset improvement in new orders and production.

Thermoplastics

Leonardo and CETMA: disrupting composites for lower cost and environmental impact

Italian OEM and tier supplier Leonardo works with CETMA R&D to develop new composite materials, machines and processes, including induction welding for in-situ consolidation of thermoplastic composites.

Seeking inspiration in a virtual environment

In an increasingly digital world, how far can the virtual environment take us? Only so far, Dale Brosius says. At some point, we have to get real. 

Additive Manufacturing

Autonomous agricultural robot supported by composite components

3D-printed carbon fiber-filled composite components enable a robotic weeding system prototype intended to replace use of chemical herbicides.

Thermoplastics

The industrialization of thermoplastic epoxy

Fast-processing composites that are strong yet tough, thermoformable, reformable, recyclable and even FST-compliant save cost in aircraft and rail equipment.

Automotive

Corvette, yesterday and today

The Corvette has changed much in 67 years, but its appeal is enduring.