PREPREGS

RTM

JEC 2017 – Aiming for Industrialization

The exhibit floor in Paris reflected composites’ move toward high-rate and high-volume production.
#hprtm #boeing #layup

Aerospace

InFactory Solutions with Airbus

Airbus spin-off supplying Industry 4.0 systems for composites completes first qualification and discusses future developments for defect position visualization.
#a350 #layup #airbus

Automotive

Compression molding: New materials and markets

From multifunctional aircraft interiors to compounds using continuous fabrics to the growing use of recycled carbon fiber – compression molding offers new opportunities.
#sustainability #a350 #airbus

CAMX Expo

Supersonic flight goes commercial, again

Boom Technology describes its program to validate a cost-effective faster-than-sound airliner.
#adhesives #camx #workinprogress

Additive Manufacturing

3D-printed hybrid golf club head scores

Multi-material blend joins composite, titanium and brass.
#cuttingtools

Cutting/Kitting

JEC World 2017 exhibit preview

JEC World will be held March 14-16 in Paris. CW previews some of the products and technologies that will be at the show.
#aramidfiber #autoclave #cuttingtools

Prepregs

Two-stage tape layup: Access cuts/Atlas 2 lays up

A legacy 1980s technology builds visionary Dreamliner wingskins.
#polyacrylonitrile #787 #precursor

Pultrusion

CW Plant Tour: Composite Technology Center, Stade, Germany

A cornerstone of Germany’s CFK Valley, CTC pushes composites forward via automation, recycling, digital thread-based manufacturing and more.
#a350 #a380 #airbus

Core

Size-unlimited OOA composite process enables next-gen system

United Launch Alliance selects Ruag Space for lower cost/improved quality out-of-autoclave manufacture of Vulcan’s composite primary structures.
#lockheedmartin #ndi #layup

Prepregs

Must-read: BMW 7 Series plant tour in Dingolfing, Germany

CW’s Ginger Gardiner toured the 7 series plant for a look at how 16 CFRP parts, each made by one of four technologies, are combined with aluminum and steel components to form what BMW engineers have dubbed the Carbon Core.
#bmw #planttours