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Published: 8/31/2015

Rapid tooling breakthrough: Fused particle technology
Super-fast, inexpensive tooling is ideal for low-pressure molding processes and low production volumes.

Published: 8/3/2015

Carbon composite spring: Big performance, small package
Disc spring stack is lighter, reduces friction and can be performance-tuned.

Published: 7/2/2015

Bespoke sports cars’ composite body speaks volumes
Glass-reinforced plastic artfully captures classic curves, crash-protects passengers and stunningly packages its maker’s high-performance but highly fuel-efficient diesel powertrain.

Published: 7/1/2015

Composite air brakes: Stopping the world’s fastest car
CFRP sandwich structures a key element of deceleration in the Bloodhound SSC rocket-powered racer’s two-run attempt at resetting the land speed record.

Published: 6/1/2015

Prepreg compression molding makes its commercial debut
Ultra-thin, preformed laminate designs enable CFRP decklid manufacture at lower-than-expected mass and at cycle times approaching mass-production speed.

Published: 6/1/2015

Carbon fiber as a replacement for glass fiber in D-LFT auto parts
Research progresses toward attainment of 80-90% of continuous carbon fiber tensile modulus in lighter parts molded from direct long fiber thermoplastic compounds.

Published: 3/2/2015

Additive manufacturing: Can you print a car?
Collaborative demonstration dispels doubt about 3D printing’s disruptive potential for direct-to-digital manufacturing of just about anything BIG.

Published: 2/1/2015

Thermoplastic composite pressure vessels for FCVs
U.K. consortiums address durability, weight, cost of high-pressure tanks for hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles.

Published: 1/6/2015

Sub-8-minute cycle times on carbon/epoxy prepreg
Globe’s Generation 2 RapidClave system passes another out-of-autoclave milestone.

Published: 11/29/2014

CAMISMA’s car seat back: Hybrid composite for high volume
Recycled fibers, in-situ polymerized PA12 and steel inserts combined in one-shot process to cut weight 40 percent at competitive cost, cycle time and safety.