Unlike automotive driveshafts, automotive output shafts cannot leverage shaft length as a factor when making the case for composites. Instead, other beneficial features have made a composite output shaft able to compete with metal shafts, especially in electric vehicles.
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).
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.
Chained tubular storage tanks using semi-finished thermoplastic composite products offer flat designs aimed at easy integration into universal vehicle architectures.
The company will produce glass fiber-based cover plates to be used on battery enclosures for a future BMW plug-in hybrid vehicle model.
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.
Columnist Dale Brosius considers the potential and uncertain role of composites in aerospace, automotive and other markets in the coming decade.
Contributing Writer, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)
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German innovator in RTM will help Albany Engineered Composites accelerate technology development in thermoplastic composites
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.
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.
Columnist Dale Brosius reflects that composites innovation, like meat partway through the smoking process, has reached a temporary stalling point.
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.
As the global auto industry hurtles toward its confrontation with US fuel economy and European Union (EU) emissions standards in 2017, the pressure built to find more radical solutions to lightweighting.
The FlexHyJoin production cell combines surface structuring, induction and laser joining and NDT for automotive mass production.
Anisoprint posits continuous fiber composites, not metals, as the material for optimized AM structures.
Benet offers advanced technologies for carbon fiber-reinforced and glass fiber-reinforced plastic molding, as well as the painting and assembly of vehicles.
Merging automotive process and tooling with aerospace quality to meet increasing production rates.
Skai is a composite, five-passenger aircraft built by an air mobility startup and co-designed by BMW’s design group.
New approach combines thermoplastic pultrusions with injection overmolding in a two-step, 75-second process.
The joint development agreement (JDA) intends to bring to market the first composite materials for commercial aerostructures based on large-tow intermediate modulus (IM) carbon fiber.
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.
SAMPE Europe hosted its annual summit at Pullman Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel on March 11, prior to JEC World 2019.
Mubea Carbo Tech develops manufacturing of complex-shaped, fully integrated and high-accuracy cosmetic CFRP components for high volumes using a thermoplastic matrix.
Recycled composites, additive manufacturing and 3D printing enhance form, function of fun-to-drive personal transport.
Adhesive-free, functionalized hybrid composites enabled by industry-first, integrated molding cell.
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).