Composites Index jumps five points to an all-time high

Volatile March survey finds troubled supply chains and strong demand.
#economics

Digital Demos

Braided carbon fiber & resin transfer molding for complex composites

Hawthorn Composites, a division of SpinTech Holdings Inc., reviews case studies of its high-value complex composites parts developed by deploying low-cost materials with resin transfer molding and novel manufacturing methods.

Aerospace

Airbus ASCEND program to explore liquid hydrogen and superconductivity for zero-emission aircraft

Cryogenic hydrogen as cold source for lightweight, low-electrical loss powertrain, with composite materials as possible insulation.
#airbus

Marine

Final program announced for MarineAM event

Two-day conference in July offers sessions for AM, advanced materials for marine, design and performance, sustainability, advanced fusion techniques and more.

FET Ltd. installs FET-100 Series melt spinning system at Indonesian facility

Indonesian fiber manufacturers now have access to advanced multi-polymer spinning facilities, which will enable them to develop and test their own novel fibers for global applications.

University of Delaware announces 2021 Student Achievement Day winners

Awards recognize recipients with contributions toward composites literature, research and presentations.

KNOWLEDGE CENTERS

Gain in-depth knowledge in processes, products and technology from industry experts

Automated Composites

In the Automated Composites knowledge center, CGTech brings you vital information about all things automated composites, from the manufacturing processes to the vendors and necessary tools.

Closed Molding

Closed mold processes offer many advantages over open molding. This knowledge center details the basics of closed mold methods and the products and tools essential to producing a part correctly.

Future Materials

"Future Materials" offers a collection of new materials, processes, and technologies gathered from a wide variety of sources including marine, aerospace, and automotive industries, plus some applied academic research and development.

VIDEO / PODCASTS

Carbon Fibers | 3 MINUTE READ

Éirecomposites and ORPC to use recycled carbon fiber in tidal turbine foils

Development part of €3M CRIMSON project to advance tidal energy for clean electricity.
#sustainability

Automotive |

Mold release solutions for automotive composites

In this Digital Demo, Axel Plastics reviews mold cleaning, sealing and release solutions for leading use in automotive composites manufacturing processes, including SMC, BMC and RTM.
#outofautoclave

Wind/Energy

Episode 36: Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya, IACMI

IACMI’s Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya talk about the first five years of the organization, how it has evolved and what the future might hold as IACMI continues its quest to help drive composite materials and process growth.
#trends #iacmi #precursor

Webinar

Cost Advantages Found with Braided Fabrics

This presentation will review the use of braiding technologies to produce high-quality, conformable fabrics that offer users significant cost advantages when making composite parts.

CW SPECIAL REPORTS

RTM

Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms

An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.  
#specialreport #a350 #layup

ATL/AFP

ZAero project update

The 2019 final review demonstrated integration of an automated CFRP process chain: AFP inline inspection and rework, cure and resin flow sensors, part performance prediction and a decision support tool for line operators.
#airbus #layup #specialreport

Digital thread vs. digital twin

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.
#airbus #autoclave #layup

Composites 4.0: Where to start?

Sensors, IoT platforms, data analytics — the tools for more intelligent, efficient manufacturing abound, but where to start is actually much simpler.
#specialreport #Composites101 #composites4_0

CW PLANT TOURS

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. 
#regulation #outofautoclave #cuttingtools

A highly specialized player on a world-class team

Tods Aerospace, located in rural England, is part of the larger Unitech Aerospace manufacturing group and specializes in highly engineered aerospace defense structures.
#ndi #a400m #cuttingtools

Plant Tour: Veelo Technologies, Woodlawn, Ohio, U.S.

Advanced materials company evolves from nanomaterials to multifunctional composites and processing solutions.
#layup #electricvehicles #sustainability

Shooting trouble

CW launches The Troubleshooter, a new column designed to help you identify, assess and correct the technical challenges that can plague composites manufacturing operations.
#editorial

Glass Fibers

Composites protect subsea cables for offshore wind power

Balmoral uses FRP to improve installation, performance and service life while reducing cable failures in rough seas.
#braiding #focusondesign

Carbon Fibers

Optimized fiber reinforcements, fabrics, NCFs

In this Digital Demo, Vectorply provides an overview of its fiber formatting capabilities and technical support operations.

Aerospace

Airlander 10: The future of zero-carbon aviation

Lighter-than-air flight is making a comeback with Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Airlander airliner and it’s taking composites and sustainability to the next level.
#trends

RTM

Large composite covers protect a lot of water

A massive concrete water storage facility in Bogotá, Colombia, gets a much-needed makeover with the resin transfer molding of 840 large composite domes that keep the water potable.
#insidemanufacturing #outofautoclave

Processes

Durability testing of adhesively bonded composites

Current test method development shows potential for the composite wedge test, a standardized durability-based test for adhesively bonded composites. 
#design-and-testing