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Hyping the Hyperloop

Lately news about Hyperloop — the vacuum tube transport pod system envisioned by SpaceX (Hawthorne, Calif., U.S.) CEO Elon Musk — seems to move as fast as the futuristic mass transit capsules themselves.

On July 21, the Technical University of Munich (TUM, Munich, Germany) hyperloop team won the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition for the fourth time in a row, setting a new record with a top speed of 463 km/h (288 mph). The team used a pre-impregnated woven carbon fiber material (prepreg) from SGL Carbon (Wiesbaden, Germany). Based on design and material optimizations, the carbon component of the current pod weighs around 10% less than the team’s previous model (5.6 kilograms compared to 6.1 kilograms).

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Magnetic 3D printing the next generation of tailored composites

Fortify (Boston, Ma., U.S.) was founded in 2016, based on composite 3D printing research by Josh Martin (Fortify’s CEO) and Randall Erb, director of the DAPS Lab at Northeastern University in Boston. (Erb is also a co-founder of both Boston Materials and Fortify.) Their goal was to enable fast production of composites with optimized microstructures. The patented Fluxprint technology they developed uses magnetic fields and digital light processing (DLP) — but with highly-filled resin systems — to produce custom microstructures in high-resolution, 3D printed composite parts.  


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National Composites Week is born


We like to think of the composites industry as one large, cohesive manufacturing enterprise that revolves around the design, tooling and fabrication of fiber-reinforced polymer structures. In truth, however, the massive fiber, resin and process diversity of the composites industry, combined with the myriad requirements of different end markets, makes the composites industry actually an aggregation of several smaller industries (aerocomposites, autocomposites, wind composites, marine composites, etc.).

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CAMX 2019 preview

The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) will be held Sept. 23-26, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., U.S. The event is co-produced by the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE; Diamond Bar, Calif., U.S.) and the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA; Arlington, Va., U.S.).

The exhibit hall will be open Sept. 24-26, and is expected to reflect nearly 600 exhibiting companies and more than 800 brands. 

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Filament wound utility poles offer design flexibility


Filament-wound utility poles. Mitaş Composites can filament wind composite lighting poles up to 12 meters ong and 800 millimeters in diameter. Source | Mitaş Composites

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