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Published: 11/1/2017

SGL offers high-performance organosheet and thermoplastics for overmolding
“Thermoplastic toolbox” includes LFT, UD tapes, woven semi-finished sheets and carbon/glass hybrids in PA and polyolefins for automotive and other high-volume applications.

Published: 10/30/2017

Carbon-Kevlar Hinge
Besting metal hardware in weight, thickness, 3X load capacity and 1 million fatigue cycles with no degradation.

Published: 10/22/2017

Automated preforming: Intelligent automation in pick-and-place systems
Layups go industrial with hand-like grippers that can fold fabric or prepreg into corners and robot-mounted cameras that inspect from fabric to cut plies to fiber gaps in final preforms.

Published: 7/26/2017

CW Talks: James Austin, CEO, NTPT
Our guest in episode 6 of CW Talks: The Composites Podcast is James Austin, CEO of Switzerland-based North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT). Austin talk about his early work in composites serving aerospace customers, before migrating to marine composites ...

Published: 5/23/2017

Automated Preforming, Part 2: Glide Forming
Flat layups are shaped into stringers with different cross-sections, lengths, thicknesses and curvatures using a single machine at rates up to 10 mm per second.

Published: 4/11/2017

The next generation of ceramic matrix composites
New developments in the search for higher-temperature and more damage-tolerant ceramic matrix composite (CMCs).

Published: 3/24/2017

JEC 2017 – Aiming for Industrialization
The exhibit floor in Paris reflected composites’ move toward high-rate and high-volume production.

Published: 3/23/2017

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.

Published: 2/13/2017

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.

Published: 11/9/2016

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.