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Published: 1/19/2017

Carbon composite driveshaft: Tailorable performance
This racing and aftermarket specialist designs and produces custom driveshafts for multiple markets.

Published: 11/29/2016

Metal + composite = Less weight, more room
Global supplier develops scaled design approach for metal/composite hybrids in highly loaded automotive applications.

Published: 8/23/2016

Natural fiber composites gaining traction in automotive
New water-borne, wet-application acrylic resin enables new opportunities in car interiors.

Published: 8/10/2016

Taking the hand out of hand layup
Emerging research shows that it’s possible to automate the hand layup process.

Published: 6/8/2016

Converting the structural chassis to composites
Germany’s largest producer of GRP leaf springs for cars and trucks broadens its product range to CFRP stabilizer bars, which cut weight 50% vs. steel.

Published: 6/8/2016

Breathing-mold process yields sandwich composite from LFT
In-cavity foaming and controlled mold-opening technique creates core and faceskins from a single injection molded material, reducing part mass and boosting performance.

Published: 5/19/2016

Carbon/epoxy Cadillac hood
Automated process for prepreg hood inner/outer cuts weight by 20% and yields Class A exterior out of the autoclave.

Published: 1/29/2016

Alternative precursor R&D: Lignin in the lightweighting limelight
This abundant, renewable resource shows promise as an alternative to PAN for low-cost, functional carbon fibers.

Published: 10/1/2015

Carbon fiber auto body panels: Class A paint?
As tougher emissions standards loom, this supplier’s study sheds light on the challenges of applying flaw-free primer and paint to production CFRP exterior body panels.

Published: 9/1/2015

Automotive front axle: A glass act
The development of glass-fiber reinforced car axle is a sign of the new, expanded role composites will play in the design of future automobiles.