#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.
#ndi #cuttingtools #insidemanufacturing

Digital thread vs. digital twin

This is an online sidebar for the July 2020 article, “Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms”. When I first discussed these concepts in 2016, they were still somewhat nascent in composites.
#airbus #autoclave #layup

Cutting/Kitting

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?
#outofautoclave #pekk #composites4_0

Epoxies

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

Defense

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

Wind/Energy

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

Consumer

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

Design/Simulation

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

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.
#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

Epoxies

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.
#autoclave #layup #outofautoclave

ATL/AFP

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.
#airbus #autoclave #layup

Prepregs

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.
#outofautoclave #workforcedevelopment #autoclave

Aerospace

Transparency Market Research releases Aerospace Composites Market report

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

Design/Simulation

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.
#airbus #composites4_0 #discontinuousfiber

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.
#outofautoclave #autoclave #cuttingtools

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.
#autoclave #braiding #layup