Digital Demos

Physical testing to characterize composites

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments reviews use of static tests, impact tests, internal observations and fracture observations to assess and characterize the physical properties of composite parts and structures.
#ndi

Valuable data: From travelers to the as-built digital twin

Taking advantage of the electronic record proves to be of significant value to composite fabricator’s record-keeping process. 
#pastpresentandfuture #workforcedevelopment #automation

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Revisiting the Fundamentals of Light Resin Transfer Molding (LRTM)

Like other closed molding composites processes, Light Resin Transfer Molding (LRTM) offers reduced waste and emissions, efficient materials use and a consistent and repeatable process. But LRTM requires less costly tooling and can still provide excellent cosmetics on both sides of a part in an efficient manufacturing process.

Design/Simulation

Porsche, Bcomp collaborate on racing car with all-natural fiber composite bodywork

The Cayman 718 GT4 CS delivers a full natural fiber composite bodywork kit for the Four Motors racing team at the 24 Hours Nürburgring race.

Wind/Energy

Greenalia initiates four floating wind farm projects for Spain

The four independent wind farms are expected to meet the Canary Islands’ goals to develop 310 MW of offshore wind as set out in its 2015-2025 Strategic Energy Plan.

Aerospace

GE Aviation GE9X engine achieves FAA certification

Ten GE9X engines have been delivered to power Boeing’s four 777X flight test airplanes after completing just under 5,000 hours and 8,000 cycles for certification.
#777x #trends #aeroengines

Hexion sells resin businesses for $425 million

The definitive agreement to sell its Phenolic Specialty Resins, Hexamine and European-based Forest Products Resins will enable a stronger business moving forward.

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Nedcam adds CEAD AM Flexbot for 3D printing using DSM materials

The two companies will explore new applications in tooling, large-sized and circular end-use parts.

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Bladder and caul solutions for trapped & complex composites fabrication

Smart Tooling reviews the function and application of its shape memory polymer tooling bladder and caul solutions for the efficient and cost-effective manufacture of trapped and complex geometry composite parts and structures.

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

Alignment of a 5-Axis Universal Head, Using A Ball-End Test Arbor

Senior metrology expert Marty Sutten will explain the use of a ball-end test arbor to align a 5-axis universal head, while examining all the sources of error, and reviewing the proper techniques on how to measure and isolate them.

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Prepregs

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.  
#feature #automation #composites4_0

Aerospace

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.
#a350 #airbus #layup

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.
#composites4_0 #Composites101 #specialreport

CW PLANT TOURS

Carving a niche via the new, the different and the difficult

Van Horn Aviation seized a real opportunity in helicopter blades, with little composites acumen but big desire. The rest is history worth reading.
#autoclave #weaving #ndi

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

The building of a composites manufacturing niche

Equipped to meet vertical needs with rapid turnaround, Rock Hill, SC’s Composite Resources has found the sweet spot between prototypers and large composites manufacturers.
#autoclave #workforcedevelopment #aeroengines

Infusion

Composites Academy launches online training with hands-on exercises

Composites Expert and Institut de Soudure partner to provide interactive advanced composites training to students and professionals worldwide.
#workforcedevelopment

Development of ASTM standards for composites: An insider’s perspective

According to Dan Adams’ inside perspective, two elements determine whether a proposed test method for composite materials becomes an ASTM standard.
#regulation #design-and-testing

Marine

Nemesis Yachts announces all-composite hydrofoil luxury yacht

Powered by a hydrogen-electric battery, solar panels and a wing sail, Nemesis One promises speed, comfort and sustainability.
#trends #sustainability

Digital Demos

Next-generation automation for high-performance composites fabrication

Cevotec’s Fiber Patch Placement technology uses robot-based systems to automate material layup for complex composite parts and structures, saving 20-60% in production time and costs.
#layup

Automotive

Natural gas and hydrogen: A renewed opportunity?

Compressed natural gas (CNG) has been steadily gaining ground, and is proving to be a promising market for composites transportation. 
#electricvehicles #perspectives-and-provocations

Composites Index extends slowing contraction trend in August

Fueled by a positive production reading, the Composites Index faces its fourth month of slowing contraction.
#economics