CW BLOG

Carbon Fibers

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

Reinforcements

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

Thermoplastics

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.

Construction

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

Additive Manufacturing

Teton SmartSlice 2.0 offers improved functionalities

By: Grace Nehls

Simulation tool for 3D printing provides more ergonomic user features, including view displacement options, tooltips and 10 new material options.

Markets

Manna Laminates FEATURE organosheet laminate targets EMS applications

By: Grace Nehls

Fiber-metal laminate (FML) can be thermoformed in the injection or compression mold, possesses ideal characteristics for electric vehicle applications.

Markets

Teijin launches carbon fiber intermediate material brands

By: Grace Nehls

Tenax PW and Tenax BM is a series of aircraft- and satellite-quality materials made for sport applications with superior strength, toughness and durability compared to standard Teijin carbon fiber prepregs

Infusion

New book covers practical issues associated with resin infusion processes

By: Grace Nehls

Author details the mechanics of materials for the construction of laminates manufactured with the aid of pressure, computer simulations and infusion strategies and more.

Graphene nanotube-enhanced gelcoats enable powder coating

By: Grace Nehls

Gelcoat modified by use of graphene nanotubes imparts conductivity to the surface of composite parts and enables powder coating instead of liquid painting.
#carbonnanotubes

Automotive

Contactless measurement of temperature, pressure in composites

By: Ginger Gardiner

Magnetic microwires enable contactless measurement of temperature and pressure during cure and in service.
#trends #composites4_0

Materials

Innovative tooling, automation enable new line of composite window wells

By: Hannah Mason

Moldmaker and automation specialist Commercial Tool Group provided RockWell with custom compression molds and robotics to enable high-volume, low-cost production.
#automation #application