Scott Francis Contributing Editor

 

Scott Francis, the editor of Products Finishing, has edited for  CompositesWorldWriter's DigestHOWPopular Woodworking and has authored books on a range of topics. He is the author of Monster Spotter's Guide to North America (HOW Books 2007) and co-author of The Unofficial Hobbit Handbook (Writer's Digest, 2012) and OMG! I Forgot the Card (HOW Books, 2014).

Scott has a bachelor’s degree in writing and editing and a minor in biology from Western Carolina University.

 

 

Molds/Tools

Industrial Fiberglass Specialties: From corrosion-resistant industrial pipes to specialty custom projects

By: Scott Francis

Based in Dayton, Ohio, U.S., IFS recently developed an FRP console for the U.S. Air Force using a custom mold design and specialized paint.

Reinforcements

Tooling, precision enable composites in satellite subsystems

By: Scott Francis

Tight tolerances drive design and engineering of large-format composite component and dishes to create unique satellite structures.
#focusondesign #adhesives #aramidfiber

Carbon Fibers

The evolution of composites in NASCAR

By: Scott Francis

The growing role of carbon fiber in stock car racing.
#toyota #regulation #aramidfiber

Reinforcements

Composites in the race to space

By: Scott Francis

Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.
#layup #northropgrumman #outofautoclave

Curing

UK composites structure manufacturer continues to expand

By: Scott Francis

Norco, which built its reputation as a manufacturer of large glass fiber reinforced structures, continues to grow and currently offers a wide range of bespoke composite products.
#autoclave #cuttingtools #layup

Construction

The growing role of composites in infrastructure

By: Scott Francis

From bridges to rebar and pilings, composites provide installation and life cycle cost savings over steel and concrete.
#infrastructure #feature #frprebar

Reinforcements

Microfiber-infused resin enables single-step molding process

By: Scott Francis

Spoke Materials’ reinforced liquid composites provide alternative fabrication methods.
#outofautoclave #layup #adhesives

Core

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.
#weaving #outofautoclave #ndi

Markets

SpaceX tests new Crew Dragon parachute design

By: Scott Francis

Successful parachute tests bring the Crew Dragon another step closer to a crewed flight test. 

Materials

Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites enable wheel blade for all-electric SUV

By: Scott Francis

Covestro’s Maezio continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites are being used in the production of a wheel blade for NIO’s all-electric SUV.
#weaving #application

Carbon Fibers

One-piece, one-cure, infused carbon fiber wheel is ready to roll

By: Scott Francis

ESE Carbon Co.’s new carbon fiber wheel uses tailored fiber placement and custom presses to minimize waste and improve scalability.
#workinprogress #weaving #cuttingtools

Additive Manufacturing

CW's top 10 articles of 2019

By: Scott Francis

It’s time to reflect upon the trends and innovations seen in the composites industry over the past year and contemplate what might be ahead in 2020.
#sustainability #spiritaerosystems #outofautoclave