CW BLOG

Aerospace

Satellite deployer redesign supported by 3D-printed composites

By: Hannah Mason

A Scottish technology company employs additive manufacturing and CRP Technology composite materials for a lighter, more manufacturable PocketQube deployer.
#space

When — not if — to pivot

By: Jeff Sloan

In the business and manufacturing world that CW operates in, we have heard one particular coronavirus vocabulary word very frequently: pivot.
#editorial #medical

Molds/Tools

Composites speed concrete facade fabrication

By: Jeff Sloan

The 45-story One South First building, on the 11-acre Domino Park campus in Brooklyn, N.Y., features a geometrically complex concrete facade made, in part, with composite molds fabricated using large-format additive manufacturing.
#discontinuousfiber #workinprogress #cuttingtools

ATL/AFP

Coriolis Composites and Edixia develop inline inspection for AFP

By: Ginger Gardiner

Video and discussion of how the sensor and software operate to boost composites productivity
#trends #cuttingtools #automation

Materials

Fiberglass composites improve infrastructure efficiency and sustainability

Gert de Roover, building, construction and infrastructure manager at Exel Composites, explains why composite materials contribute to the drive for greener buildings. 
#pastpresentandfuture #sustainability

Additive Manufacturing

Hyperjoint: additive metal + composites = stronger, tougher joints

By: Ginger Gardiner

Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.
#adhesives #airbus #cuttingtools

Markets

Changing composites paradigms in the wake of COVID-19

By: Dale Brosius

Efforts to locally and globally collaborate in order to address industry issues and stimulate innovation are becoming essential conversations during the coronavirus pandemic. 
#perspectives-and-provocations #sustainability #airbus

Materials

Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

By: Jeff Sloan

The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.
#space #planttours #windblades

Filament Winding

Composite output shaft ready for automotive proving ground

By: Karen Mason

Unlike automotive driveshafts, automotive output shafts cannot leverage shaft length as a factor when making the case for composites. Instead, other beneficial features have made a composite output shaft able to compete with metal shafts, especially in electric vehicles.
#electricvehicles #bmw #focusondesign

Composites Index contracts faster in second month of COVID-19 lockdown

By: Michael Guckes

April 2020 – 35.1
#economics

Markets

Strata's workforce leaders share perspectives on women in manufacturing

By: Hannah Mason

UAE-based aerostructures manufacturer Strata Manufacturing prides itself on providing opportunities for its multinational, female-dominant workforce.
#787 #workforcedevelopment #trends

Epoxies

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

By: Ginger Gardiner

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.
#autoclave #boeing #darpa