Michael LeGault Contributing Writer

Michael R. LeGault is a freelance writer located in Seattle, Washington, U.S., and the former editor of Canadian Plastics magazine (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

Aerospace

Automation options arise for labor-intensive composites

By: Michael LeGault

Typically labor-intensive fabrication processes have more automation options as new technology works in concert with operators to improve efficiency.
#workinprogress #cuttingtools #layup

weaving

Composites design and process engineering form next-generation truck body panels

By: Michael LeGault

Glass fiber/foam preform technology is key to the all-composite refrigerated truck body panels.
#layup #adhesives #insidemanufacturing

cuttingtools

Tooling technologies positioned for speed, control

By: Michael LeGault

Tooling is one of the most rapidly evolving segments of the composites industry, as new technologies and processes like 3D printing, OOA infusion, thermoplastic composites reshape how molds are made.
#cuttingtools #discontinuousfiber #adhesives

polyimide

Energy storage in multifunctional carbon fiber composites

By: Michael LeGault

A need for lightweight energy storage technology is fueling the development of carbon fiber composite materials for car batteries and other electronics.
#airbus #electronics #feature

Hi-Temp Resins

Bio-composites break into structural automotive applications

By: Michael LeGault

A company’s bio-based, polyamide composite comes with a unique property profile that may help it carve a niche in automotive applications.
#workinprogress #weaving #autoclave

Design/Simulation

Drones: MIT software casts doubt on solar-powered UAVs

By: Michael LeGault

A new MIT-developed aircraft modeling software tool called geometric programming optimization —GPkit, for short — reportedly considers about 200 factors and physical models simultaneously, and then integrates them to create an optimal aircraft design.
#uas

uas

Drones: Fire-management technology delivery

By: Michael LeGault

The new IGNIS remotely controlled pyrotechnic system, designed by Drone Amplified (Lincoln, NE, US) specifically for transport on UAVs for the purpose of prescribed-fire management on public and private lands, was recognized on the US Department of Interior’s 2017 list of top made-in-America innovations.
#uas #cuttingtools

Carbon Fibers

Drones: Unpiloted composite vehicles head out to sea

By: Michael LeGault

Although the term drone for the most part has been synonymous with machines built to fly, sailboat drones designed and built by Saildrone (Alameda, CA, US) are poised to replace for expensive (and manned) research ships and stationary buoy systems that now gather marine data.
#uas

peek

Drones: Composite UAVs take flight

By: Michael LeGault

First seen in defense applications, unpiloted aircraft development is surging in the commercial world, enabled by a host of new material, process and assembly technologies.
#peek #pei #feature

precursor

Additive manufacturing: Big and going commercial

By: Michael LeGault

A demonstration of large-format 3D printing delivers parts for an excavator cab, from CAD data to ready for assembly, in only five hours.
#discontinuousfiber #cuttingtools #insidemanufacturing

Materials

Wind blade spar caps: Pultruded to perfection?

By: Michael LeGault

Introduced to the market about five years ago, pultruded, carbon fiber-reinforced spar caps, incorporated as the reinforcing member of wind turbine rotor blades, are a byproduct of the evolution and increasing technological sophistication of the global wind energy industry.
#workinprogress #gerenewable #outofautoclave

marketoutlook

General aviation: Reconceiving the personal plane

By: Michael LeGault

Enabled by FAA rule changes, small plane manufacturers today are moving beyond the private “pleasure” craft to cutting-edge technologies engineered to offer an affordable means to avoid urban gridlock.
#marketoutlook #generalaviation #layup