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What do you do when the carbon nanotube (CNT) fiber your company was trying to commercialize doesn’t provide the performance needed by your potential customers, which include the U.S. Air Force and Boeing (Chicago, Ill., U.S.)? You pivot, go back to the drawing board, and use your advanced materials and composites processing expertise to develop other solutions. “We often use nanomaterials, but we are by no means a nanomaterials company,” says Veelo Technologies CEO Joe Sprengard. “We are an advanced materials company focusing on electrically conductive materials and non-metallic heating solutions. The common thread between our initial focus on developing continuous CNT fibers and sheets and our current portfolio of products — lightning strike protection (LSP) and electromagnetic shielding, heating blankets for efficient composites processing and non-metallic electrothermal de-icing systems — is our ability to develop new materials which not only deliver new levels of performance, but also meet weight and cost requirements.”

The company has scaled from four to 24 employees and moved into a new, 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Woodlawn, a Cincinnati suburb located one mile from GE Aviation’s headquarters in Evendale and an hour south of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Sprengard leads CW’s tour through Veelo Technologies’ new production site, walking through the company's evolution from nanomaterials supplier to advanced broad goods specialist to innovation partner for future composites.

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Virgin Galactic moving closer to commercial service


As we celebrate the final day of National Composites week, the theme of the day is “how composites help us explore.” The past year has been filled with exciting developments in the space industry and collaborations between commercial space companies and government agencies. Recent developments at Virgin Galactic (Mojave, Calif., U.S.) are an example of some of the exciting work that is being done.

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National Composites Week: Helping us explore


As National Composites Week comes to an end, let’s take some time to appreciate the ways that composites help us look to the future through exploration of our world and out into our solar system and beyond.

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Airbus, Hexcel celebrate National Composites Week with milestone production rate


Airbus (Toulouse, France) and Hexcel (Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.) celebrated more than 40 years of collaboration at an event in Salt Lake City. The event was timed to coincide with the launch of the first National Composites Week, which has been established to celebrate the growing influence of composites — especially in commercial aerospace.  In addition, the two companies are celebrating a significant milestone: Hexcel Salt Lake City is entering its first year at full rate for the A350 program.

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Protecting those who protect us

As we celebrate the 4th day of National Composites week, the theme of the day is “how composites protect us.” One important role composites play is supporting the defense sector in numerous applications ranging from military aircraft to body armor and many others. Core Composites (Bristol, R.I., U.S.), a division of ROM Development Corporation recently launched an all-composite military shelter that falls in this category.

The company’s all-composite Joint Warfighter Shelter of the Future (JWSOF) is funded by the U.S. Army Medical Command (San Antonio, Texas, U.S.). The JWSOF is a next-generation surgical, rigid wall shelter with an exterior of a 20-foot ISO shipping container that expands via a series of light weight composite expanding walls, roofs and floors. 

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