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Published: 5/1/2013

Building a better tail boom
Out-of-autoclave carbon fiber/thermoplastic demonstrator is a 30 percent lighter drop-in replacement for an existing aluminum design.

Published: 12/31/2012

Pressurized Water-based mold temperature control comes to composites
HPC editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan details recent testing that gauged the comparative efficiency of electric, oil-based and water-based mold temperature control systems.

Published: 5/31/2012

Big museum, big structures
Massive aramid/carbon composite sandwich panels make Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum the largest composite-clad building in the world.

Published: 5/1/2012

Composite fuselage helps HondaJet upend biz-jet market
CFRP composites enable unitized structure with low-drag aerodynamics that transform aircraft performance and reduce cost.

Published: 3/1/2012

Big parts? Big tooling breakthrough
Electrically heated carbon fiber/PEEK/ceramic tooling and powdered epoxy resin system could revolutionize production of large composite aerospace structures.

Published: 10/1/2011

Concert hall composites: Acoustic alchemy
Massive composite acoustic structures will reflect and diffuse sound to heighten audio quality in a new high-profile performance space.

Published: 1/31/2011

Low-volume thermoplastics: Differential pressure molding
Cost-effective tooling and presses enable semi-automated prototyping and low-volume production of thermoplastic composites.

Published: 11/30/2010

Maintaining fiber length in complex 3-D designs
Award-winning composite pallet showcases new LFT molding process from South Africa.

Published: 8/31/2010

SQRTM enables net-shape parts
New out-of-autoclave process combines resin transfer molding with prepregs for complex helicopter part prototype.

Published: 6/1/2010

Building a bigger Big Wheel
Machining specialist scales up the 1970s icon, producing plugs and tools for an exact fiberglass replica at a Disney resort.