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Scottish rocket facility unveils advanced materials production methods

 

In November, Scotland-based spaceflight company Orbex (Forres, U.K.) offered a peek into its rocket factory, sharing photos of how the company is using advanced engineering techniques and materials to create next-generation, renewably-fuelled orbital launch vehicles. 

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'Tis the season

Source | Pocket Tripod

Yesterday, CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan sent me a link to a cool gadgety thingy for a holiday gift idea that set the two us off on an end-of-day wild goose chase for carbon fiber gift ideas. Holiday earworms ran through my head as I searched for carbon fiber gadets, thingamabobs or, to quote the Grinch, any manner of tartinkers, jingtinglers, flufloopers, tartinkers, whohoovers and garginkers. 

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3D printed composites with 60% fiber, less than 1% voids

 

“Our main goal is to produce structural continuous fiber composites for industry,” says 9T Labs (Zurich, Switzerland) co-founder Giovanni Cavolina. “If you talk to people who manufacture CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) parts, most don’t believe that it’s possible to achieve super-low void content or good interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) between layers with continuous fiber 3D printing.” 9T Labs, however, has developed a patented post-process that eliminates voids. “We can now 3D print continuous fiber composites with great adhesion between layers and void content below 1 percent, which competes with conventionally manufactured composites.”

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