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Future Composite Manufacturing virtual symposium for AFP and AM

 The virtual symposium, held Sept. 9-10, 2020, will focus on current state, trends and opportunities for automated fiber placement (AFP) and additive manufacturing (AM). 

Automotive

German racing series shifts to natural fiber application

German racing series DTM says the shift away from carbon fibers will be more cost-efficient, improve lightweighting and reduce the organization’s ecological footprint.

Energy Storage

Innovative pressurized hydrogen storage for integrated vehicle structures using composites

Chained tubular storage tanks using semi-finished thermoplastic composite products offer flat designs aimed at easy integration into universal vehicle architectures.

Automotive

SGL Carbon to manufacture composite battery enclosures for BMW Group

The company will produce glass fiber-based cover plates to be used on battery enclosures for a future BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle model. 

Fabrics/Preforms

Solvay showcases low-cost prepreg and parts approach using Cygnet Texkimp filament winder

High-speed, tailored preforms are used with Solvay double diaphragm forming (DDF) and compression molding to produce cost-effective, medium-volume auto and aero parts.

Construction

SAMPE Summit 20 Paris agenda finalized

Dan Hart, president and CEO of Virgin Orbit, will be a featured speaker. CW readers qualify for a discounted registration.

Aerospace

Top 10 CW news from the 2010s

From 2010-2019, here are CompositesWorld’s most viewed composites industry news from the decade.

Compression Molding

Albany International acquires CirComp GmbH

German innovator in RTM will help Albany Engineered Composites accelerate technology development in thermoplastic composites

Aerospace

Urban air mobility: The action heats up

Columnist Dale Brosius reflects on the current state of the under-development urban air mobility (UAM) market, where it’s headed, and what it all means for the composites industry.

Composites 2020: A Multitude of Markets

The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.

Has composites innovation reached "the stall?"

Columnist Dale Brosius reflects that composites innovation, like meat partway through the smoking process, has reached a temporary stalling point. 

Thermoplastics

Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics data added to CAMPUS database

The new data, which will be released in October, is the result of an ongoing material standardization and characterization effort led by German reinforced plastics company AVK.

Automotive

Automated joining of hybrid metal-thermoplastic composite structures

The FlexHyJoin production cell combines surface structuring, induction and laser joining and NDT for automotive mass production.

Consumer

Advancing additive manufacturing to exploit anisotropy

Anisoprint posits continuous fiber composites, not metals, as the material for optimized AM structures.

Automotive

Teijin to acquire Benet Automotive

Benet offers advanced technologies for carbon fiber-reinforced and glass fiber-reinforced plastic molding, as well as the painting and assembly of vehicles.

RTM

HP-RTM for serial production of cost-effective CFRP aerostructures

Merging automotive process and tooling with aerospace quality to meet increasing production rates.

Aerospace

Alaka’i Technologies launches hydrogen-powered eVTOL

Skai is a composite, five-passenger aircraft built by an air mobility startup and co-designed by BMW’s design group.

Thermoplastics

Skeleton design enables more competitive composite autostructures

New approach combines thermoplastic pultrusions with injection overmolding in a two-step, 75-second process.

More details on MAI Skelett design process

The MAI Skelett project developed a thermoplastic composite roof structure that outperforms carbon fiber/epoxy design, including crash load level, energy absoprtion and BIW integrity.

Epoxies

SAMPE Summit 19 Paris

SAMPE Europe hosted its annual summit at Pullman Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel on March 11, prior to JEC World 2019.

Carbon Fibers

Fiberject process achieves 3D thermoplastic cosmetic carbon parts

Mubea Carbo Tech develops manufacturing of complex-shaped, fully integrated and high-accuracy cosmetic CFRP components for high volumes using a thermoplastic matrix.

Materials

Micro transportation: BMW personal mover concept

Recycled composites, additive manufacturing and 3D printing enhance form, function of fun-to-drive personal transport.

Thermoplastics

Thermoplastic overmolded thermosets, 2-minute cycle, one cell

Adhesive-free, functionalized hybrid composites enabled by industry-first, integrated molding cell.

Automotive

2019 North American International Auto Show: An unclear future for autocomposites?

Columnist Dale Brosius reflects on the insights — and lack thereof — he gained into current and upcoming autocomposites at 2019’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).