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Published: 4/1/2011

Water tree: Single complex mold shapes unique composite sculpture
To fabricate a complex design for a lighted sculpture, sculptor Lawrence Argent taps the talents of composites specialists Kreysler and Assoc. (American Canyon, Calif.).

Published: 11/30/2010

Life Cycle Assessment: Are composites "green"?
Methods for calculating the impact composites have on the environment enable data-driven comparisons to traditional materials on a level playing field.

Published: 8/31/2010

Deepsea submersible incorporates composite pressure capsule
Spencer Composites Corp. (Sacramento, Calif.) fabricates the inner carbon/epoxy composite pressure capsule for a submersible deepsea vessel the late Steve Fossett was to take to the depths of the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench.

Published: 3/31/2010

Integrated software: Streamlined hull & tool design
Although its reputation was solid, rigid inflatable boat (RIB) builder Planatech (Athens, Greece) recently sought ways to design new composite products and their corresponding tool sets faster, without compromising quality.

Published: 2/5/2010

Very Light Jets Creating A Demand For Composites
"Baby" jets are causing an aviation buzz but will the market exist?

Published: 11/24/2009

Free-form surfacing optimizes free-style kayak
The 6-ft/1.8m-long Project 54cx kayak, made using aramid and carbon fabric-reinforced composites, weighs only 19 lb/8.6 kg.

Published: 10/7/2009

Simulation simplifies fabrication of all-composite crew module
Specialized simulation software shortens development cycle on first all-composite crew module demonstrator for NASA space program.

Published: 4/21/2009

AFP/ATL design-to-manufacture: Bridging the gap
Managing production of a structure made via fiber or tape placement often requires software-aided  manipulation of the subtle differences between that which is designed and that which can be manufactured.

Published: 2/23/2009

Aircraft simulation gets composites aware
Rapid software evolution enables faster, better virtual solutions to complex composite design problems.