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Published: 10/25/2017

Tackling the traceability of composite materials
Have you ever looked outside an airplane window during in-flight turbulence and wondered how strong the wings really are and how much load they can take?

Published: 10/18/2017

Composites and Industry 4.0: Where are we?
As the tide of the Fourth Industrial Revolution rolls in, how will composite manufacturers ride the wave?

Published: 9/28/2017

Space: Still the Final Frontier
In western Kentucky, August 21, in the path of a total eclipse of the sun, I put pen to paper....

Published: 9/20/2017

Reconfigurable tooling: Revolutionizing composites manufacturing
Shape-changing molds eliminate tooling for large 3D panels while automated assembly fixtures go modular, using metrology to reduce cost and shimming.

Published: 9/5/2017

Five more exciting months in composites for 2017
As I write this column, we in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing the “dog days of summer,” that period from early July until late August when outdoor temperatures and humidity are the highest, and, it seems, business activity is at...

Published: 8/31/2017

CAMX 2017 exhibit preview
ACMA and SAMPE’s fourth CAMX will be the largest composites trade show in the composites industry’s largest market. Held in Orlando, FL, this year, it promises an even more robust exhibition and conference program.   

Published: 8/30/2017

Software has a critical role in certification of composite designs for aerospace
Despite the many advantages that come with using composites materials in aerospace applications, designing weight-bearing structures from these materials remains a significant challenge.

Published: 7/28/2017

CAMX 2017 show preview
At North America’s premier composites conference and exhibition, the business at hand is definitely not business as usual. 

Published: 7/28/2017

Carbures beats 2016 aerospace production record
Spanish Tier 2 composites producer Carbures (El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain) announced recently that it has reached an historical record for production of composite aircraft parts, with 45,695 parts produced at its plants in Illescas and Jerez de l...

Published: 7/28/2017

An autonomous future for composites?
Autonomous transportation is coming, whether we like it or not. Composites should play a significant role.