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Published: 6/30/2010

Aerospace-grade compression molding
Continuous Compression Molding process produces structures 30 percent lighter than aluminum at costs that have both Airbus and Boeing sold.

Published: 4/1/2010

Orion re-entry system: Composites displace metal
World’s largest heat shield updates metal design with out-of-autoclave process.

Published: 2/5/2010

A400M cargo door: Out of the autoclave
This structural military airframe part is the largest made to date via the vacuum-assisted resin infusion process.

Published: 12/4/2009

RTM showcase: One-Piece Rudder
A transatlantic design team uses concurrent engineering to integrate rudder spars, ribs and skins in a single RTM cycle.  

Published: 12/30/2008

787 integrates new composite wing deicing system
The composite wing leading edge on Boeing’s Dreamliner features an integrated heating element that incorporates a sprayed metal conductive layer within the laminate stack.