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CompoTech launches standard range for carbon finer epoxy beams

Produced via AFP and precision press molded results in a high-strength carbon epoxy composite beam with 10-15% higher stiffness in the axial direction.

Curing

Kanfit installs new autoclave, automated cutter to increase composite parts production capacity

Composite parts producer in Israel increases capabilities for composites, 3D printing and hybrid assemblies.

Pultrusion

Plasan North America expands composite manufacturing solutions

The company plans to expand and invest in automated cutting technology to go with established prepregging, pultrusion and autoclave cure expertise.

Automotive

The untapped potential in Formula 1 composite manufacture

Formula 1’s midfield teams are struggling to bridge the gap to their better resourced frontrunning counterparts. Could Industry 4.0 composites manufacturing automation level the playing field?

Prepregs

Composites Evolution introduces Evopreg EPC200 epoxy prepreg

Evopreg EPC200 enables variable temperature cure with good surface finish.

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms

Automotive

Fibreworks Composites launches sister firm Composite Factory

Composite Factory will be ISO AS9100-certified and offer build-to-print, quick-turn prototype and pre-production fabrication of composite parts and structures.

Additive Manufacturing

Ascent Aerospace invests in large-format AM machine

The LFAM machine will enable fabrication and delivery of production-ready fixtures and molds at significantly reduced lead-times. 

Automotive

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Epoxies

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.

Defense

RAPM development with PtFS

Boeing-led program explores rapid part cycles using automated, 180-channel thermal control molding cell for infusion, thermoset prepreg and thermoplastic composites.

Manufacturing the complex geometry parts of RAPM

Boeing-led program explores simulation, tooling, preforming and molding approaches to lower composites part cost.

Carbon Fibers

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.

Aerospace

Park Aerospace Corp. introduces mid-toughened epoxy resin system

The E-752-MTS mid-toughened 350°F (177°C) cure epoxy system is designed for primary and secondary aircraft structure applications.

Core

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.

Carbon Fibers

Hexcel carbon fiber prepreg selected for ultralight aircraft design

German aircraft specialist Flight Design is using HexPly M79 for composite parts on its F2 aircraft.

Aerospace

Transparency Market Research releases Aerospace Composites Market report

Findings predict the global aerospace composites market value and trends between 2016 and 2024.

Infusion

CETMA: composites R&D and innovation in Italy

From design and simulation to inline inspection, induction welding, continuous compression molding and recycled carbon fiber, this lab to support industry is advancing composites in aerospace, automotive, construction and more.

Aerospace

Rockwood Composites, Leonardo produce 10,000th blade for Eurofighter Typhoon

The delivery of the 10,000th blade for the towed decoy on Leonardo’s defense aircraft marks 10 years of partnership for the companies.

RTM

AFRL evaluates braiding, SMP tooling and VARTM for lower-cost future engine inlet ducts

U.S. Air Force and Ohio-based composites team develop new process for S-shaped aerostructure.

Infusion

MS-21 completes fourth flight test for EASA certification

Single-aisle jetliner with out of autoclave composite wing steps closer to certification.

Prepregs

Composites in the race to space

Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.

Molds/Tools

Demonstrator shows potential for graphene-enhanced composite tooling

U.K.-based collaborative project demonstrates lower-cost, graphene-enhanced composite tooling for aerospace use.  

Core

Evonik rigid foam cores utilized for automated composites fabrication

Foam cores specialist Evonik is featuring the results of a joint study by Evonik Industries, Composite Technology Center GmbH and Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., on the use of rigid foam material in automated production.