CW BLOG

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Conbility: Mass production of composite tape laminates

By: Ginger Gardiner

RWTH Aachen spin-off scales up production for low-cost, in-situ consolidated composites as inserts for lighter, cheaper injection-molded parts.
#composites4_0 #continuousfiberAM #automation

Design & Tooling

Industrial Fiberglass Specialties: From corrosion-resistant industrial pipes to specialty custom projects

By: Scott Francis

Based in Dayton, Ohio, U.S., IFS recently developed an FRP console for the U.S. Air Force using a custom mold design and specialized paint.

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Swinburne University and CSIRO's Industry 4.0 Testlab for Composite Additive Manufacturing 

By: Ginger Gardiner

Australia and Germany collaborate to build Composites 4.0 production line for competitive advantage in next-gen manufacturing and workforce.
#outofautoclave #autoclave #layup

Markets

Developing a linerless, all-composite, spherical cryotank

By: Hannah Mason

Infinite Composites Technologies’ Type V pressure vessel for storing cryogenic space launch vehicle propellants shows promise for eliminating elusive microcracking issues.
#space

Thinking machines

By: Jeff Sloan

Algorithm-based artificial intelligence, once only imagined, is here. It can do a lot of good.
#composites4_0 #editorial #airbus

Materials

First all-CFRP fuselage in Mexico

By: Ginger Gardiner

UNAQ and RHEM Composites help produce body of third prototype for Oaxaca Aerospace’s Pegasus P-400T.
#airbus #layup #outofautoclave

Epoxies

High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers

By: Jeff Sloan

At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.
#ndi #cuttingtools #insidemanufacturing

Digital thread vs. digital twin

By: Ginger Gardiner

This is an online sidebar for the July 2020 article, “Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms”. When I first discussed these concepts in 2016, they were still somewhat nascent in composites.
#airbus #autoclave #layup

A retrospective take on the composites industry and the pandemic

By: Dale Brosius

Dale Brosius reflects on recent composites industry trends and how they are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 
#workforcedevelopment #787 #electricvehicles

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Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

By: Jeff Sloan

Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?
#a350 #airbus #infrastructure

Design & Tooling

Composites 4.0: Architecture and ontology

By: Ginger Gardiner

Adaptive systems, IoT platforms and apps, the need for 4.0 standardization and a new way to develop and certify composite aerostructures.
#airbus #layup #outofautoclave

Markets

No business case for reteaching robots

By: Ginger Gardiner

DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology has developed an AI-equipped work cell where collaborative robots can switch from producing composite rear pressure bulkheads to fuselage panels without requiring reprogramming or retraining.
#airbus #boeing #composites4_0