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JEC World 2018: Highlights

 

Following is a summary of some of the highlights CW discovered at JEC World 2018 in Paris (March 6-8). 

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This is #6 in my series on Automated Preforming. The first five can be found here:

There is also a print article on automated preforming, split into two parts:

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Shortly after joining the CompositesWorld team in February I ran across a story about the Humanity Star. The spherical satellite was deployed in January by the private company Rocket Lab (Huntington Beach, CA, US). It features 65 highly reflective carbon fiber panels and serves no actual purpose other than to shine down at us as it tumbles through space. The idea was simply to make people look up.

“My hope was to encourage people to linger looking at the stars and ponder our place in the universe,” says Peter Beck, founder of Rocket Lab.

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On March 8th, the China Household Electrical Appliances and Consumer Electronics Fair (AWE) opened in Shanghai to an expected 250,000 visitors. As the world’s No. 1 appliance company, Haier’s display of boundary-pushing smart air conditioners was a huge attraction. As was the world’s first air conditioner using continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites: Haier’s Casarte Tianxi.

Haier has fashioned its high-end Casarte brand after Italian elegance in design, derived from the Italian “Casa” for home and “Arte” for art. Though Casarte products include refrigerators, washing machines, water heaters and many other appliance types — and have already been incorporated into 1 million households — “smart” air conditioners are a strategic, high-growth market.

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SAMPE Summit 18 Paris: An information-packed, one-day conference

 

SAMPE Europe staged a successful and well-attended gathering, dubbed Summit 18, at the Pullman Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel on March 5, the Monday before JEC World 2018. With 12 speakers in 4 blocks, topics ranged from automation and manufacturing, to materials and process, to architecture and large structures, ending with aerospace/space applications, and a panel discussion.

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