CW BLOG

Materials

Optimized fiber reinforcements, fabrics, NCFs

By: Jeff Sloan

In this Digital Demo, Vectorply provides an overview of its fiber formatting capabilities and technical support operations.

Aerospace

Airlander 10: The future of zero-carbon aviation

By: Grace Nehls

Lighter-than-air flight is making a comeback with Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Airlander airliner and it’s taking composites and sustainability to the next level.
#trends

Reinforcements

Large composite covers protect a lot of water

By: Jeff Sloan

A massive concrete water storage facility in Bogotá, Colombia, gets a much-needed makeover with the resin transfer molding of 840 large composite domes that keep the water potable.
#insidemanufacturing #outofautoclave

Processes

Durability testing of adhesively bonded composites

By: Daniel Adams

Current test method development shows potential for the composite wedge test, a standardized durability-based test for adhesively bonded composites. 
#design-and-testing

Additive Manufacturing

Thermwood presents low-cost LSAM Additive Systems

By: Grace Nehls

LSAM Additive Printer is built around a 30-mm print head while retaining all features and print quality known to the company’s large flagship LSAM systems.

Glass Fibers

Glass fiber and phenolic prove their mettle in camshaft module

By: Peggy Malnati

Replacing aluminum, a fiberglass/phenolic module reduces mass and NVH in a prototype structure and speeds assembly line installation.
#workinprogress

Automotive

Automated weaving system targets high-performance, high-volume applications

By: Hannah Mason

Startup WEAV3D Inc.’s technology produces highly tunable, woven lattice reinforcements for cost-effective, high-volume automotive composites and precast concrete applications.
#weaving #workinprogress #automation

Digital Demos

Additive manufacturing/compression molding technology for next-generation composites

By: Jeff Sloan

9T Labs’ deposition process places continuous carbon fiber only where necessary to save material, reduce waste, and more precisely control the structure of preformed composites.

Processes

Challenges of laser-assisted tape winding of thermoplastic composites

Practical solutions for process-related challenges in LATW, which has great potential for pressure vessels and storage tanks.
#troubleshooter

Resins

Thermwood advances LSAM capabilities with automatic print temperature monitoring 

By: Grace Nehls

Thermal Sensor Layer Automation system uses a non-contact temperature sensor for continuous temperature data, ensuring precise fusion between large-scale thermoplastic printed layers.

Glass Fibers

Composite panels aid design of prefabricated apartment addition

By: Hannah Mason

Glass fiber/epoxy sandwich panels achieved structural requirements, complex geometries and challenging installation needs for London apartment renovation.
#infrastructure #application

Slow supply chains and strong demand elevate material prices

By: Michael Guckes

The Composites Fabricating Index set a new multi-year high for the month of February. Fabricators should expect material prices to remain highly volatile the longer that supply chains remain disrupted.
#economics