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Consumer

All-composite white cane improves mobility for visually impaired

The light weight, ergonomics and stiffness provided by the carbon fiber composite design enable a safer, easier to handle mobility solution.

Infusion

Composites meet precision, weight goals for complex facade design

Brazilian fabricator Gatron manufactured 3,000 square meters of curved composite frames to support a 33-floor residential building.

Automotive

Italian student design team uses composites to improve automotive performance

Politecnico di Milano’s Formula SAE team worked with Exel Composites to transition to lighter, better-performing composite vehicle components.

Nanomaterials

CNT-enhanced composite tanks lighten rescue workers' loads

Graphene nanotube-enhanced composite tanks reduce weight in firefighters’ compressed air tanks by up to 75%, and show potential for hydrogen storage.

Consumer

Using nondestructive testing to inspect, repair carbon fiber bicycles

An Oregon-based bicycle inspection and repair shop uses an Olympus ultrasonic thickness gage to evaluate and fix structural damage.

Core

Composite sandwich panels enable flexibility in medical table design

Polyurethane foam core provides a cost-effective option for ACP Composites’ specialized medical positioning table design.

Consumer

Thermoplastic composites add light weight, durability to personal transport

The laptop-sized WALKCAR automatic people mover is constructed from Teijin thermoplastic carbon fiber composite materials.

Defense

Recycled thermoplastic composite rotorcraft access panel takes flight

Designed as part of the TPC-Cycle program, the flight-tested panel demonstrates a lighter, cost-effective, sustainable thermoplastic composite application.

Poly/Vinyl Esters

FRP profiles enable affordable aesthetic solution for unique residential architecture

The FRP profiles, manufactured by Italy-based M.M. S.r.l., allow easy fabrication and construction on-site in less than two days. 

RTM

Fiberglass composites enable lighter, sturdier COVID-19 testing booth design

Canada-based Imagine Fiberglass’ IsoBooth station is designed to eliminate the need for PPE by healthcare workers testing patients for COVID-19.

ATL/AFP

Combination of automation, rigid foam core enable high-volume aircraft part production

A feasibility study demonstrates increased production capacity using Evonik foam core and automated manufacturing.

Automotive

3D printing large composite molds with a 5-axis CNC machine

Hungarian manufacturer uses CEAD Robot Extruder to cut composite tooling time and cost.

Consumer

Carbon fiber tapes enhance performance of cross-country skis

A ski manufacturer uses Hexcel dry carbon fiber tapes to increase cross-country ski performance, manufacturing efficiency and surface finish.

Glass Fibers

Microfiber-infused resin enables single-step molding process

Spoke Materials’ reinforced liquid composites provide alternative fabrication methods.

Aerospace

JEC World 2020 preview

JEC World 2020, the largest composites-focused trade event, will be held March 3-5 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre.

Automotive

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

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.

Aerospace

Tech Table: Adhesives

A table of aerospace structural adhesives includes collected from data provided by suppliers. 

Carbon Fibers

CFRP bests steel in precision ball joints

Near-zero backlash in bearings and automation components.  

Prepregs

Prepreg cutting system reduces waste, speeds assembly of Swiss business jet

Swiss aircraft manufacturer cites years of Zünd digital cutting systems as part of the success story for several iterations of commercial aircraft.

Core

Composite insert as a structural reinforcement for A-pillars

A Porsche structural A-pillar reduces weight and increases strength with a hybrid part combining thermoplastic composites, steel and structural foam.

RTM

Fiberglass industrial fan manufacturer builds on tradition

Collaboration produces large diameter low noise application composite axial flow fan.

Aerospace

A digital approach to automation

One aerostructures manufacturer’s journey from hand layup to AFP.

Natural Fibers

Natural fiber enables e-bike for package delivery

New parcel delivery vehicle concept employs a natural fiber prepreg for low weight, vibration dampening, non-conductivity and flame retardancy.

Construction

FRP pultrusions replace wood for structural applications

Unlike wood, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) is unaffected by salt spray, moisture or prolonged immersion in water, making it a good material choice for structural applications in harsh environments.

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