CW BLOG

Automotive

Corvette, yesterday and today

By: Jeff Sloan

The Corvette has changed much in 67 years, but its appeal is enduring.
#editorial #generalmotors

Thermoplastics

CAMX 2020 Preview

By: Jeff Sloan

Transformed into a virtual event, the latest CAMX 2020 preview describes some of the opportunities that will be available for visitors and exhibitors. 
#camx #composites4_0 #sustainability

Additive Manufacturing

Airbag housing prototype puts 3D-printed composites to the test

By: Hannah Mason

A feasibility study demonstrated the cost- and time-saving potential of replacing a part’s current materials and processes with additive manufacturing.

Resins

FRP profiles enable affordable aesthetic solution for unique residential architecture

By: Ginger Gardiner

The FRP profiles, manufactured by Italy-based M.M. S.r.l., allow easy fabrication and construction on-site in less than two days. 
#application

Consumer

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.
#trends #composites4_0 #continuousfiberAM

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.

Carbon Fibers

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.
#trends #outofautoclave #pekk

Reinforcements

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.
#trends #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

Markets

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

Processes

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

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.
#airbus #autoclave #layup