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Published: 10/16/2019

NASA all-electric experimental aircraft to begin ground testing
NASA’s X-57 Maxwell has been delivered to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in its Mod II configuration and will soon undergo extensive ground testing of its integrated electric propulsion system.

Published: 10/8/2019

California high school adds composites fabrication to curriculum
A STEM academy recently opened the doors to a brand-new composites fabrication lab, to prepare students for the local aerospace workforce after graduation.

Published: 10/7/2019

What will the aerocomposites industry look like after the 787 and A350?
CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan considers the future of the aerospace composites industry as production of the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 appear ready to wind down in the next few years.

Published: 9/30/2019

Addcomposites' virtual demo on how to make an AFP composite laminate
Readers are walked through how to program and operate the AFP-XS plug and play system.

Published: 9/26/2019

Rocket module manufactured with in-situ consolidation survives first flight test
A carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRP) module developed at the Technical University of Munich survived its first launch — and a “hard landing” — in March.

Published: 9/24/2019

Automated joining of hybrid metal-thermoplastic composite structures
The FlexHyJoin production cell combines surface structuring, induction and laser joining and NDT for automotive mass production.

Published: 9/23/2019

Composites Index contraction slowed in August
The Index indicated expansionary readings in production, supplier deliveries and exports, but was pulled lower by employment, new orders and backlogs.   

Published: 9/20/2019

Thermoplastics in the quest for aerospace weight savings
Safran Cabin, Victrex and Tri-Mack Plastics collaborate to migrate an aerospace storage bin from aluminum to an overmolded thermoplastic composite. The result proves the promise of thermoplastics in aerospace interiors.

Published: 9/13/2019

2-part epoxy for increased composite aerostructures production via RTM
Hexion meets demand for accurate mixing with in-line analytic control while improving processing window, fiber volume content and manufacturing efficiency.

Published: 9/12/2019

Accelerating thermoplastic composites in aerospace
ATC Manufacturing produces millions of thermoplastic composite parts per year, and is investing for future growth.