CW Blog

Composite materials and innovations are constantly evolving. In addition to industry news, features, blog posts and podcasts, CW also maintains a comprehensive collection of product announcements provided by companies. This monthly roundup includes links to regular posts concerning the latest products of interest to the composites industry.

This month’s innovations include:

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Continuous fiber 3D printing and deposition is gaining momentum. As the number of companies using and advancing it grow, this technology will undoubtedly shape the composites industry.

First, it offers fabrication without molds or tooling. Second, it offers multifunctional structures (e.g., electrical conductivity, shape-changing, sensing). Third, it opens the door to a world of hybridized manufacturing — e.g., lamination on top of 3D printing and milling while printing — as well as an almost endless landscape of materials development, from Nitinol shape memory alloy (SMA) fibers to conductive nanocomposite solutions for liquid deposition modeling (LDM). The latter is a whole world in itself which I will come back to in a future blog.

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Lightweight Reading: COBRA International celebrates 40th year with retrospective book

Renowned manufacturer of composite water sports products, COBRA International Co. Ltd. (Conburi, Thailand) announced Sept. 10 that it has commissioned a coffee table book that looks back at 40 projects and 40 people that shaped the company’s growth over its 40 years.

 

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The first flight test for NASA’s (Washington, DC, US) Adaptable Deployable Entry Placement Technology (ADEPT) heat shield took place Sept. 12. The device, which was developed at Ames Research Center (Mountain View, CA, US), was launched in a stowed configuration aboard a UP Aerospace (Denver, CO, US) suborbital rocket from Spaceport America (New Mexico, US). It then separated from the rocket and deployed approximately 60 miles above the Earth. The test was conducted to observe the ADEPT’s deployment and assess aerodynamic stability.  

 

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Though Fill does a lot more than just automated preforming, I am covering them now as part of my original plan to include them in my Automated Preforming blog series. So, I’m returning back to this series with this #7 blog. Here are the first six:

There is also a print article on automated preforming, split into two parts:

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