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Rapid Robotics earns additional $12 million in Series A funding 

Rapid Robotics to product more than 50 million parts, including RMO all-in-one robotics solution to perform common machine operating tasks like injection molding and pick-and-place.

ATL/AFP

WSU-NIAR adds automated TP welding and tape-slitting capabilities to ATLAS facility

Systems to aid in welding process developments for the joining of composite structures via fusion bonding, and support AFP demands.

Defense

Bell starts operations at new Manufacturing Technology Center

Composites and metals manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing and metrology will be undergirded by digital connectivity and digital twin to support affordable production of future vertical lift aircraft.

Royal Engineered Composites named Innovation Business of the Year

The NBDC-based award was given based on the company’s goal to develop more efficient manufacturing processes, reduce scrap, labor and improve supply chain via robotic and AI technologies.

ATL/AFP

Heraeus, University of Sheffield AMRC partner to develop innovative composite technologies

Tier 2 membership enables Heraeus Noblelight to explore filament winding capabilities using its humm3 technology for rapid layup of thermosets, dry fiber and thermoplastics.

Aerospace

France Relance award granted to Omega Systèmes for automated composite slitting solutions 

Central to the OMEGA-WEB 2022 will be inline automated inspection, and large-scale production of composite parts via AFP, ATL to accelerate the aerospace sector.

Automotive

Carbon Axis XCell strengthens AFP capabilities at Compositadour

New robotic cell will expand testing, prototyping and pre-series production for industries looking to automate composites preforming.

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Bilsing expands aerospace composites capabilities with 3D tape laying equipment

Conbility PrePro 3D system will be used to produce components for aircraft interior galleys, seats and overhead bins.

Construction

Mighty Buildings raises $40 million in Series B funding

Following significant increase in consumer demand, more than $70 million raised from investor to date accelerates growth, expands production capacity, automation and team.

Plataine AI Manufacturing Optimization Software to generate 5% material savings for Kineco-Kaman

Application of Plataine FabricOptimizer and Total Process Optimization modular suite to enhance automation of kitting and sorting processes, resource savings, quality control.

Defense

Hawthorn Composites awarded structural inlet duct manufacturing contract 

Manufacture of inlet ducts for Kratos unmanned combat aerial vehicle involves an automated dry fiber overbraiding process, VARTM infusion and oven cure.

Design/Simulation

RAMPF TFP machine designs lightweight, cost-competitive complex composite parts

Eight-head Tailored Fiber Placement machine selectively places and orients composite filaments where strength or weight optimization is required. 

ATL/AFP

Victrex, Electroimpact achieve thermoset AFP speeds using thermoplastics

Using Electroimpact’s AFP technology and Victrex’s low-melt PAEK prepreg tape, the companies report laydown speeds of 4,000 inches per minute.

Carbon Fibers

Spintech opens new composites manufacturing division, Hawthorn Composites

New division specializes in manufacturing complex geometry composite parts using novel dry fiber preforming and resin infusion techniques, extending Spintech composite capabilities.

Cutting/Kitting

Airborne, JETCAM develop digital interface for automated kitting

Integration of Airborne’s automated kitting solution and JETCAM’s CrossTrack software provides seamless data exchange for automated kitting of composite plies. 

Digital design concepts shape next-generation combat aviation

Design processes that typically take months have been completed in days using BAE Systems' digital twin concept when developing the next-generation Tempest aircraft.

Aerospace

NIAR’s ATLAS lab to install Cevotec SAMBA Pro system in 2021

The new system will open multiple options for evaluation and development based on Fiber Patch Placement technology, including material characterizations, application and process development, prototyping and testing.

Curing

Bespoke process produces composite brake pedal every minute

Three composite materials are used to create structural composite member that meets demanding mechanical requirements.

Carbon Fibers

Fraunhofer IFAM automates pre-assembly of CFRP fuselage frames

Positioning and drilling end effector for automated, high-precision and quality-assured pre-assembly developed with Airbus in German-funded “Tempo” sub-project.

Prepregs

Cevotec SAMBA Pro Prepreg system added to FPC technology portfolio

Installation of the automated Fiber Patch Placement system in Fraunhofer IGCV’s Fiber Placement Center serves active technology and application development.  

Automotive

The markets: Fuel cells and batteries (2021)

Although fuel-cell powered vehicles could still be in the automotive future, growth will be measured and so will the market for composite components. Composites for electric vehicle battery packs and hydrogen tanks for fuel cell vehicles will be the more immediate opportunity.

Plataine, iSpecc partner, expand U.K. presence

Collaboration enhances Plataine’s footprint in the U.K. advanced manufacturing industry, with a focus on IoT, Industry 4.0 and other AI-based solutions.

Carbon Fibers

CSP fine-tunes CF-RTM process, launches production programs

The carbon fiber RTM press will be installed at the CSP facility in Palmela, Portugal in order to run the company's first commercial applications using this technology.

WSU-NIAR receives $13.5 million from Air Force for advanced composites research

Additional funding extends NIAR’s Modeling for Affordable, Sustainable Composites (MASC) research program, which will develop technologies to optimize digital twin data.

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