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Published: 2/17/2016

VBO prepregs: The Vision SF50
OOA vacuum-bag-only process makes carbon fiber structures a reality for the world’s first personal jet.

Published: 11/30/2015

Cruise-capable rotorcraft exploits the performance of composites
The Carter Aviation Personal Air Vehicle combines the best of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, in an all-carbon composite design.

Published: 11/30/2015

Volvo 65: Identical and optimal composite spars and rigging
“One design” concept takes the boat out of the yacht-racing equation, pitting teams against the wind, sea … and each other.

Published: 11/30/2015

Reducing manufacturing cost via RTM
Airbus Bremen aims to replace dozens of prepreg components and assembly operations with a unitized multispar composite flap molded in a one-shot process.

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: 5/14/2015

Optimizing composite aerostructures production
Israel Aerospace Industries ramps production while reducing costs and improving quality thanks to integrated optimization software.

Published: 5/2/2013

In-house prepregging: Cost/benefit calculus
Scaled-down systems are flexible enough for R&D and production, but can they earn their keep?

Published: 3/31/2012

Formulation flexibility: Direct-SMC
Consortium applies inline-compounding technology to reinvent sheet molding compound.

Published: 3/31/2012

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

Published: 2/1/2012

SMC sandwich panels: Lean process opens doors
Patented process enables compression molding at lower pressures, saving capital equipment costs for panel fabrication.