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Enabling a circular economy approach to advanced composites innovation, manufacturing and use, Part 1

In part 1 of a two-month column, IACMI chief technology officer Uday Vaidya reflects on the organization’s efforts to reduce the embodied energy of composites.
#precursor #windblades #education

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3D printing, composite materials enable motorsports design flexibility

By: Hannah Mason

A collegiate Formula SAE racing team used Windform carbon fiber-filled composite materials and laser sintering technology to streamline part design.
#space #precursor #polyacrylonitrile

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JEC World 2020 preview

By: Jeff Sloan

JEC World 2020, the largest composites-focused trade event, will be held March 3-5 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.
#sustainability #application

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Plant Tour: RUAG Space, Decatur, Alabama, U.S.

By: Scott Francis

Out-of-autoclave composites manufacturing facility comes of age with first U.S.-made composite structures for the Atlas V launcher, and qualification parts for the Vulcan.
#sustainability #adhesives #autoclave

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Composites enable novel flying speedboat

By: Jeff Sloan

Candela Boats’ Seven speedboat combines all-electric propulsion with precision foiling in a design made possible by creative composites engineering.
#adhesives #layup #cuttingtools

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The coming decade: Clarity with a strong dose of uncertainty

By: Dale Brosius

Columnist Dale Brosius considers the potential and uncertain role of composites in aerospace, automotive and other markets in the coming decade.
#perspectives-and-provocations #closedmolding #discontinuousfiber

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To boldly go . . .

By: Jeff Sloan

Space travel is a challenge, even if filmmakers like to make us think otherwise.
#boeing #outofautoclave #planttours

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IACMI Winter 2020 Meeting

By: Scott Francis

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) held its winter meeting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. January 21-23, updating its membership on the public-private institute's efforts to accelerate composites design and manufacturing.
#trends #windblades #education

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Composites Index ends year on production boost

By: Michael Guckes

The Composites Index closed 2019 with a December reading of 49.2.
#economics

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CFRP preform technology is fast, flexible, efficient

By: Peggy Malnati

Porsche racecar is first to sport part-via-preform technology.
#weaving #layup #workinprogress

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Diving deeper into composite processes

By: Scott Francis

CW recently had the opportunity to visit Abaris Training (Reno, Nev., U.S.), a company that has offered advanced composite training courses for more than 30 years.
#workforcedevelopment #layup #closedmolding

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Advancing thermoplastic composites and RTM for Clean Sky 2 in Spain

By: Ginger Gardiner

EURECAT leads projects for TPC keel beam, window frames and thermoset RTM fuselage frames with TPC shear ties for next-gen aircraft.
#ms21 #outofautoclave #paek