CW BLOG

Materials

Reprocessable thermosets and thermoplastic epoxies: An expanding landscape

By: Hannah Mason

New chemistries give thermosets new thermoplastic-like versatility.
#feature

Anisoprint launches 3D printer for continuous fibers

By: Grace Nehls

The Desktop Anisoprinting package comes with tailor-made plastic filament materials, verified printing profiles and a comprehensive training course.
#continuousfiberAM #workforcedevelopment

Composites in architecture: A hidden opportunity

By: Dale Brosius

Many applications in the aerospace and automotive industries apply equally to architecture, such as the use of FRP. Other opportunities for traditional composite materials may lie in seeking out creative applications.  
#perspectives-and-provocations

Thermoplastics

Episode 34: Carmelo Lo Faro, Solvay Composite Materials

By: Jeff Sloan

Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials, talks about how he sees aerocomposites evolving in the time of COVID-19, the rise of computational power to evolve composites use, the prospects for increased composites use in the automotive market, and the increasing importance of education in the composites industry.
#boeing #nextgenaerospace #space

Compression Molding

Episode 33: Ethan Escowitz, Arris Composites

By: Jeff Sloan

CW Talks checks in with Ethan Escowitz, co-founder and CEO of Arris Composites, to learn about the Additive Molding technology his company has developed.
#infrastructure #northropgrumman #automation

Processes

Carbon fiber in pressure vessels for hydrogen

By: Ginger Gardiner

The emerging H2 economy drives tank development for aircraft, ships and gas transport.
#cleansky #feature #aramidfiber

Composites durability and an asymmetrical pandemic

By: Jeff Sloan

Highly engineered, long-life products, like those made with composites, even if thrown off stride by a recession, have a built-in time horizon that extends beyond the timescale of the pandemic.
#editorial

Reinforcements

Leveraging towpreg to reduce the cost of CMC

By: Ginger Gardiner

High-denier, spread-tow Nextel 610 fiber and novel alumina matrix enable AFP production of Ox-Ox ceramic matrix composites.
#sustainability #bmi #boeing

Processes

Using sensor data to improve composite parts and processes

By: Ginger Gardiner

nebumind software builds digital twins from manufacturing data to trace defects, compare manufactured parts, qualify processes, develop tolerance windows for process monitoring and more.
#composites4_0

Design/Simulation

Next-generation composites qualification

By: Hannah Mason

Fully digital qualification hasn’t yet arrived, but simulation and analysis software continue to evolve and work together with physical testing practices.
#nextgenaerospace #feature

Digital Demos

Light resin transfer molding

By: Jeff Sloan

Magnum Venus Products introduces its new Fast Flow light resin transfer molding (LRTM) system, which offers reduced injection times, minimal waste, and minimal post-processing.

Composites Index marks first COVID-era expansion

By: Michael Guckes

Expanding new orders, production and employment activity send the Index over 50 for the month of September.
#economics