CW BLOG

Reinforcements

Bespoke process produces composite brake pedal every minute

By: Peggy Malnati

Three composite materials are used to create structural composite member that meets demanding mechanical requirements.
#workinprogress #automation #layup

Processes

Molecular Plasma Group introduces automated technology for adhesion promotion

By: Hannah Mason

MolecularGRIP combines atmospheric plasma treatment with adhesion promoter chemistry for automated, environmentally-friendly adhesion promotion on material surfaces.
#adhesives

Automotive

Thermoplastic composite structure replaces metals on safety-critical brake pedals

By: Peggy Malnati

First all-composite brake pedals developed by Boge Rubber & Plastics Group are lighter, stiffer, stronger and offer improved driving haptics.
#focusondesign #composites4_0

Markets

Multilayer thermoplastic tapes, AFP and resin infusion for more democratic composites

By: Ginger Gardiner

Novotech advances new materials and more affordable automated processes for small aircraft and beyond
#generalaviation #cleansky #outofautoclave

Pratt & Whitney to produce advanced metal and CMC turbine airfoils in North Carolina

By: Ginger Gardiner

New 1 million-square-foot production facility follows CMC R&D center and publicized strategy for next-gen engines.
#trends #f-35 #ms21

Markets

ATL Composites epoxy laminating system maintains new surfboard appearance

By: Grace Nehls

KINETIX R111 is a solvent-free, liquid epoxy resin optimized with a translucent blue tint that produces a clear, bright finish for surfboard products.

Fatigue testing of composites

By: Daniel Adams

Fatigue testing may be performed at multiple points during the design of a composite structure. A focus on small-specimen level fatigue test methods, however, suggests a need for more testing method standardization.
#design-and-testing

Materials

Cygnet Texkimp presents next-generation composites unrolling creel

By: Grace Nehls

Flatline Creel uses low-pressure, low-friction patented pneumatic technology to regulate the torque applied to each position on the creel. 
#weaving

Consumer

Dynamic Modifiers introduces low-smoke, flame-retardant thermoplastic compound

By: Grace Nehls

Made for a wide range of markets, PAL...VersaCHAR addresses concerns surrounding traditional flame-retardant materials without sacrificing performance.

Markets

3D-printed prefab homes aim to disrupt construction market

By: Hannah Mason

California startup Mighty Buildings’ award-winning prefabricated building production process relies on large-format 3D printing, UV-curable resins, digital design and automation.
#trends #sustainability

Processes

ORNL develops 3D-printed composite machine base

By: Hannah Mason

In a recently reported project from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, carbon fiber and large-format 3D printing were used to help create a solution for machine tool outsourcing.

Materials

The markets: Automotive (2021)

By: Ginger Gardiner

Composites continue measured growth as the global automotive industry, driven by zero-emissions goals toward increased electrification, seeks to reduce vehicle weight and improve performance.
#iacmi #biomaterials #audi