Getting carbon fiber cost down

4M Carbon Fiber Corp. says its objective is to demonstrate that standard modulus carbon fiber can be made from textile grade PAN precursor using significantly less energy and in less than half the processing time, thus cutting carbon fiber manufacturing cost by about 50%. Plasma oxidation is the key.

Industry News

AWEA releases US Wind Industry Annual Market Report

The American Wind Energy Association’s comprehensive report for year ending 2017 covers the latest and most relevant wind industry trends, market rankings and sector activity. 

Ascent Aerospace recognized with Lockheed Martin Elite Supplier award
Global Tooling Systems, a subsidiary of Ascent Aerospace, was presented the award for tooling and support provided for the F-35 Lightning II.

Made In Space to propose Phase II of Archinaut technology to NASA
The core technology of Archinaut is the Extended Structure Additive Manufacturing Machine, an additive manufacturing capability that enables manufacturing of large structures in space.

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Knowledge Centers

Automated tape laying (ATL) and automated fiber placement (AFP)
CGTech helps demystify the process of programming automated composite machinery by introducing the key components of machine independent off-line programming software.
Closed Molding
Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance provide you with the latest information about closed mold technologies and the advantages, techniques and opportunities that the closed mold process has over open molding.

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Surfacing Films Improve Safety, Appearance and Processing Time

Surfacing films are evolving to meet challenging demands for lightweight solutions to protect composite structures and enable high-quality surface finishes with reduced preparation times.


Service & repair: Optimizing wind power’s grid impact
As wind farms surge into the electrical mainstream, a fast-growing industry works to maximize the service lives of the composite blades that harvest the power of the wind.


Solvay launches FusePly aerospace composite bonding technology
FusePly enables the build of bonded composite parts using conventional manufacturing processes, through the creation of covalently bonded structures.

3M glass bubbles enable sheet molded composites for auto industry

By replacing conventional fillers, these hollow glass microspheres can reduce the weight of molded parts without sacrificing strength or aesthetics. 

RTP Company develops light and tough thermoplastic compounds
LT Compounds can accomplish weight reductions in parts molded with glass fiber reinforcement without compromising performance or requiring modifications to existing tools.

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