Still working toward electric aircraft

A lot of research effort continues on electric propulsion for aircraft, and challenges remain. As I blogged in 2016, many programs are aimed at developing viable battery-electric or solar propulsion for smaller aircraft. One US-based program is NASA’s manned X-57 Maxwell experimental aircraft.

Industry News

Teijin to support Clean2Antarctica South Pole expedition
The Clean2Antarctica (C2A) project will harness plastic waste and solar power in a “Quest for Change” challenge to conduct an expedition on the cleanest continent on earth.

Magna forms JV with BJEV to engineer and build electric vehicles in China
The engineering and manufacturing joint ventures are expected to take over an existing BAIC manufacturing facility in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, where the first production vehicles are planned for 2020.

SCIGRIP adhesives qualified for composite bonding processes with Ferretti
SG230 HVA adhesives to improve production efficiencies through smarter composite bonding processes.

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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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Carbon Fiber

The spread of spread tow
Advancing from “lighter and thinner” to boosting strength, stiffness, impact resistance and productivity, spread tow unlocks new applications and markets.


KraussMaffei automated wetmolding system reduces cycle times
The new system is said to reduce the cycle time and increase process reliability compared with manual solutions. 

New high-performance pipes for oil and gas industry from KraussMaffei
KraussMaffei has announced two pipe extrusion technologies including a new thermoplastic composite pipes pilot line and a three-layer pipe with a functional inner layer made of polyamide.

Robotmaster V7 offers CAD/CAM integration
Hypertherm has launched Robotmaster V7, a task-based robot programming platform rebuilt on new architecture to offer integrated CAD/CAM functionality and more intuitive robot programming tools.

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