CW BLOG

Carbon Fibers

ORNL develops 3D-printed composite machine base

By: Hannah Mason

In a recently reported project from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, carbon fiber and large-format 3D printing were used to help create a solution for machine tool outsourcing.

Markets

The markets: Automotive (2021)

By: Ginger Gardiner

Composites continue measured growth as the global automotive industry, driven by zero-emissions goals toward increased electrification, seeks to reduce vehicle weight and improve performance.
#iacmi #biomaterials #audi

Epoxies

The markets: Fuel cells and batteries (2021)

By: Ginger Gardiner

Although fuel-cell powered vehicles could still be in the automotive future, growth will be measured and so will the market for composite components. Composites for electric vehicle battery packs and hydrogen tanks for fuel cell vehicles will be the more immediate opportunity.
#discontinuousfiber #toyota #spreadtow

Epoxies

The markets: Electronics (2021)

By: Hannah Mason

Consumer demand in the electronics market for greater durability and more features at lower cost and weight is driving OEMs toward composite solutions.
#feature #electronics #multitudeofmarkets

Automotive

The markets: Pressure vessels (2021)

By: Jeff Sloan

Demand for composite pressure vessels for storage of natural gas and hydrogen is expected to increase substantially over the next decade as OEMs and governments look for ways to reduce vehicle emissions.
#feature #multitudeofmarkets

Markets

Manna Laminates organosheet laminate aims for automotive crash applications

By: Grace Nehls

Formtex organosheets are ideal for the manufacturing of structural and semi-structural automotive parts with high energy absorption, high impact resistance and additional multi-axial reinforcement.

Markets

The markets: Boatbuilding and marine (2021)

By: Ginger Gardiner

Boat sales surge during pandemic, carbon fiber continues to increase with demand for electric power, foiling and performance, while progress is seen for glass fiber composites in ships, 3D printing and recycling.
#feature #multitudeofmarkets

The Gardner Editors' Great Big 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

By: Evan Doran

Our hand-picked holiday gift guide for the composite lovers, Metalworkers, Machinists, Mold Makers, Processors, Welders, Finishers, Engineers and Makers in your life.
#sustainability

Markets

The markets: Construction (2021)

By: Jeff Sloan

The construction industry is an economy unto itself, and will be worth more than $15 trillion annually by 2030. More than 36 million new housing units will be required in the world’s 20 largest cities by 2025. Legacy materials dominate in this market, but the opportunities for composites are substantial, and growing.
#multitudeofmarkets

Wind/Energy

The markets: Oil and gas (2021)

By: Hannah Mason

Composites continue to play a critical role in onshore hydraulic fracturing, and thermoplastic composites are on the rise for deepwater pipelines.
#feature #windblades #cuttingtools

Processes

Vastek Industrial showcases tabletop infrared conveyor oven

By: Grace Nehls

Ideal for laboratory testing and low-volume production applications, the D-100 model is highly compact, and ensures edge-to-edge temperature uniformity.

Compression Molding

The markets: Sports and recreation (2021)

By: Hannah Mason

The use of lightweight and high-performance composite materials in sports equipment continues to increase.
#feature #sustainability #biomaterials