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Published: 9/4/2012

Rapid layup: New 3-D preform technology
Hook-and-loop fasteners speed layup of carbon, aramid, glass and hybrid fabrics while improving composites’ mechanical performance.

Published: 9/4/2012

Sixth Element: Lamborghini accelerates CFRP
The automaker’s R&D centers in Italy and the U.S. implement aerospace-inspired design philosophy to radically enhance the use — and the benefits — of CFRP.

Published: 8/1/2012

Materials characterization: Faster cheaper, better
Ford couples commercial codes to analyze auto interior parts more accurately.

Published: 8/1/2012

Cleaner and greener: Bio-based end tanks
Plant-based polyamides break high-cost/low-performance paradigm to meet the demands of a challenging Toyota underhood application.

Published: 7/2/2012

CFRP seats and interior: Sitting pretty
Flexible carbon fiber-based fabrics complement high-tech Forged Composite seats in one-of-a-kind Lamborghini supercar.

Published: 3/31/2012

Spare wheel well: Functional integration
Gas-assist injection molding enables one-piece, one-shot thermoplastic composite/metal hybrid.

Published: 2/29/2012

Forged composites replace complex metal parts
Powerhouse manufacturer’s high-pressure compression molding process forms prepregged CFRP components with forged-metal properties.

Published: 12/1/2011

Composite flywheel: HEV racing dynamo
Electric flywheel energy storage system powers Porsche 911 hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) to endurance racing victory.

Published: 12/1/2011

Automotive composites: Structural underbody
For Detroit’s Big Three, a joint precompetitive composite design, development, fabrication and testing program nears successful completion.

Published: 7/1/2011

High-speed press cure for high-speed racers
Trapped tooling and compression molding bring cocuring efficiencies to previously autoclave-cured, aerodynamic fins and planes.