#AUTOCLAVE

Additive Manufacturing

CMS debuts hybrid LFAM/milling machine

The machining specialist has developed the first iteration of Kreator, a large-format, thermoplastic composite 3D printer and five-axis milling machine for tooling and jigs.
#discontinuousfiber #autoclave

Carbon Fibers

Design innovations improve efficiency of composite medical table

WIT-Composites' efforts to design a more effective all-composite surgical table led to development of complex components and an elastic carbon fiber material.
#medical #focusondesign #autoclave

Carbon Fibers

NAWA Technologies develops U.S. subsidiary to extend VACNT application scope

NAWA America’s immediate focus is to bring NAWAStitch to mass market, a thin film containing trillions of VACNT arranged perpendicular to the carbon fiber layers to reinforce the weakest part of a composite.
#carbonnanotubes #autoclave

Consumer

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.
#precursor #continuousfiberAM #autoclave

Aerospace

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.
#autoclave

Additive Manufacturing

C-FREX exoskeleton depends on CFRP for unpowered movement

C-FREX uses a novel design and CFRP to overcome the heaviness and weakness of metallic exoskeletons.
#insidemanufacturing #layup #autoclave

Aerospace

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.
#application #sustainability #autoclave

Epoxies

High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers

At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.
#sustainability #insidemanufacturing #nextgenaerospace

Digital thread vs. digital twin

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.
#airbus #autoclave #layup

Defense

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.
#automation #autoclave #layup

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?
#composites4_0 #weaving #outofautoclave

Prepregs

Composites Evolution introduces Evopreg EPC200 epoxy prepreg

Evopreg EPC200 enables variable temperature cure with good surface finish.
#outofautoclave #aramidfiber #autoclave

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms
#sustainability #adhesives #aramidfiber

Prepregs

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.
#autoclave #cuttingtools #formula1

Marine

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. 
#automation #autoclave #cuttingtools

Wind/Energy

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.
#weaving #marketing #regulation

Molds/Tools

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.
#autoclave #boeing #darpa

Carbon Fibers

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.
#autoclave #boeing #darpa

Manufacturing the complex geometry parts of RAPM

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

Automotive

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

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