CW BLOG

Processes

KraussMaffei recompounding line available for customer trials

By: Grace Nehls

Applicable for extrusion and injection molding, the line enables all post-consumer LDPE, HDPE, PP or PS fractions to be processed into recompounds.
#sustainability

Infusion

Swinburne University and CSIRO's Industry 4.0 Testlab for Composite Additive Manufacturing 

By: Ginger Gardiner

Australia and Germany collaborate to build Composites 4.0 production line for competitive advantage in next-gen manufacturing and workforce.
#trends #outofautoclave #pekk

Energy Storage

Developing a linerless, all-composite, spherical cryotank

By: Hannah Mason

Infinite Composites Technologies’ Type V pressure vessel for storing cryogenic space launch vehicle propellants shows promise for eliminating elusive microcracking issues.
#trends #space

Thinking machines

By: Jeff Sloan

Algorithm-based artificial intelligence, once only imagined, is here. It can do a lot of good.
#composites4_0 #editorial #airbus

Design & Tooling

Plataine releases production scheduler version 4.0

By: Grace Nehls

The AI-based technology integrates production scheduling with shop floor management for a more efficient manufacturing process.
#composites4_0

Materials

First all-CFRP fuselage in Mexico

By: Ginger Gardiner

UNAQ and RHEM Composites help produce body of third prototype for Oaxaca Aerospace’s Pegasus P-400T.
#airbus #layup #outofautoclave

Glass Fibers

Kordsa targets phenolic-based sandwich panel toward aircraft interiors

By: Grace Nehls

The sandwich panels comprise glass fiber/phenolic skins surrounding a Nomex honeycomb core.
#aramidfiber

Design & Tooling

Siemens delivers AI-powered CAD sketching technology

By: Grace Nehls

The NX Sketch software tool offers flexibility and eliminates upfront constraints in a 3D CAD environment. 
#composites4_0

RTM

High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers

By: Jeff Sloan

At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.
#ndi #cuttingtools #insidemanufacturing

Defense

DSM introduces new UHMWPE fiber

By: Grace Nehls

Compared to DSM’s original Dyneema thermoplastic fiber products, Trosar addresses a wider range of high-performance applications.
#sustainability

Digital thread vs. digital twin

By: Ginger Gardiner

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.
#airbus #autoclave #layup

A retrospective take on the composites industry and the pandemic

By: Dale Brosius

Dale Brosius reflects on recent composites industry trends and how they are impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 
#workforcedevelopment #787 #electricvehicles