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Published: 5/31/2019

Opportunities, challenges for composites in future aircraft
As the commercial aerospace sector prepares for a new round of major program launches, the question of where and how composites will be applied weighs heavily on the supply chain.

Published: 5/29/2019

Thermoplastic composites: Poised to step forward
The evolving role of thermoplastic materials and processes and their future in next-generation commercial aircraft.

Published: 5/24/2019

Additive manufacturing speeds wind tunnel model creation
A new composite material was developed to 3D-print a helicopter model that met structural needs while providing flexibility for fast reproduction.

Published: 5/22/2019

Boeing CTO addresses advanced materials in aerospace, urban mobility
Boeing CTO Dr. Greg Hyslop, in SAMPE keynote, discusses the company’s aircraft programs and the role composites will play in the future of aerial infrastructure.

Published: 5/20/2019

Index rises on surging new orders activity
The Composites Business Index moved higher in April 2019 due to strong acceleration in new orders activity.

Published: 5/14/2019

Measuring thermoplastic prepreg tape quality for part process control
Low-cost tests measuring dimensions, thermal behavior and consolidation predict CFRTP part quality.

Published: 5/9/2019

Industrialized continuous fiber composite printing in Delft
CEAD offers large builds with speed, precision, low-cost extrusion and continuous fiber.

Published: 5/8/2019

What does the future hold for Bombardier Belfast?
Bombardier Belfast, fabricator of the infused composite wings for the Airbus A220 single-aisle aircraft, is for sale. The ownership under which this facility lands may say a lot about the future of infusion in large aerostructures.

Published: 5/7/2019

Space: The next frontier and battleground
CW Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sloan reflects on the goals outlined leaders for space travel at the 35th Space Symposium – exploration, commercial travel and military defense among them – and the role of composites in the ve...

Published: 5/6/2019

Index shows modest expansion on production and supplier delivery activity
The Composites Business Index moved lower in March as backlogs contracted, resulting from slowing of the previous month’s new orders growth and increased production activity.