CW BLOG

Hexagon REcreate reverse engineering software removes workflow complexity

By: Grace Nehls

Simplified reverse engineering processes provides a single working environment from scan to manufacturable CAD model.

Lessons learned, a year later

By: Jeff Sloan

When the pandemic struck, we yearned for normality. Getting back there will take time and patience.
#editorial

Design/Simulation

Anisoprint launches Aura 2.1 slicing software for continuous fiber 3D printing

By: Ginger Gardiner

New features include “masks” giving users greater control over fiber reinforcement in an easy-to-visualize manner.
#continuousfiberAM

Tech Table: Curing Ovens

By: Grace Nehls

A table of composite curing ovens composed of data provided by suppliers. 
#feature #outofautoclave

Thermoplastics

DLR launches EmpowerAX to industrialize continuous fiber 3D printing

By: Ginger Gardiner

Global, industry-diversified platform will increase access to additive extrusion (AX) technologies and accelerate technology transfer for users and providers.
#continuousfiberAM #trends

Processes

Stratasys carbon fiber material for 3D printer line is more functional, lightweight and versatile

By: Grace Nehls

ABS-based carbon fiber material for the Stratasys F123 Series 3D printer line is 15% stronger and 50% stiffer compared to standard ABS.

Automotive

Tow steering, Part 3: The birth of tow shearing

By: Jeff Sloan

In-plane shearing of tows, versus in-plane bending of tows, hopes to take automated fiber placement directionality to new levels. 
#workinprogress

Markets

The path to OOA wings with minimal fasteners

By: Ginger Gardiner

A review of the quest to eliminate both the autoclave and mechanical fasteners in composite wing structures.
#ms21 #outofautoclave #trends

Compression Molding

IIAMS wing box road map to certification

By: Ginger Gardiner

Airbus DS uses Clean Sky demonstrators as part of broad strategy to ready next-gen aircraft technology for flight.
#nextgenaerospace #outofautoclave #cleansky

Markets

Hot drape forming

By: Ginger Gardiner

Heat, vacuum and/or pressure advance from debulking prepreg layups to automated preforming of dry reinforcements for faster composites production.
#automation #airbus #layup

ATL/AFP

Advancing the OOA infused wing box

By: Ginger Gardiner

MTorres integrates lower cover, front and rear spars into unitized flying demonstrator using one-shot, low-cost, portable production.
#airbus #insidemanufacturing #cleansky

Infusion

HexPly XF surface materials satisfy high-quality wind blade surface finish

By: Grace Nehls

Suitable for prepreg and infusion processes, Hexcel’s HexPly XF reduce shell manufacturing time by up to 2 hours and removes all surface defects prior to painting.
#outofautoclave #windblades