Carbon Fibers

Automated aerocomposites production: Liquid molding or welded thermoplastic?

Two materials and process approaches are demonstrated for CFRP bulkhead production.
#nextgenaerospace #feature #automation

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing with continuous fiber: A landscape

Growth continues in suppliers, part size, production volume and markets.


Composite aerostructures in the emerging urban air mobility market

In the not too distant future, point-to-point, limited-distance, piloted and autonomous air travel for people and cargo will be the norm. Composites will make it possible.
#787 #a350 #facc


Combining AFP with 3D printing for flexible parts production

Electroimpact creates a multifunctional manufacturing cell for complex, aero-quality continuous fiber composite parts.


Update: Lower wing skin, Wing of Tomorrow

Airbus is evaluating several advanced composites technologies as part of its Wing of Tomorrow program. Among these is liquid resin infusion of the lower wing skin, being developed by Spirit AeroSystems.
#787 #a350 #ms21


Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms

An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.  
#specialreport #a350 #layup


Composites in the race to space

Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.
#cyanateester #space #northropgrumman

Glass Fibers

The growing role of composites in infrastructure

From bridges to rebar and pilings, composites provide installation and life cycle cost savings over steel and concrete.
#infrastructure #feature #frprebar

Filament Winding

Composites' role in seawater reverse osmosis desalination

Part two of a two-part series on the role of composites for meeting California’s 21st-century water needs.
#sustainability #regulation #feature

Filament Winding

Composites help take the waste out of wastewater

The role of composites for meeting California’s 21st century water needs.
#infrastructure #feature #regulation

Hi-Temp Resins

Composite deck reduces river ship draft

SAERTEX worked with shipbuilder Neptun Werft to build a composite superstructure to cut weight 45% vs. steel in a river cruiser.
#adhesives #feature #regulation


Removing barriers to lightweighting ships with composites

EU consortia propel large demonstrators, new technology and affordable certification.
#ndi #adhesives #infrastructure


CW's Top Shops puts operations in perspective

The inaugural CW Top Shops benchmarking survey is designed to help composites fabricators understand how efficient their manufacturing operations are. 
#marketing #cwtopshops #feature

Mass Transit

Into the Hyperloop

The role of composites in the fifth mode of transport.
#feature #regulation #workforcedevelopment


The state of recycled carbon fiber

As the need for carbon fiber rises, can recycling fill the gap?
#cleansky #discontinuousfiber #sustainability

Compression Molding

Highlights: Composites Convention 2019

Highlights from the Composites Convention 2019, June 12-13, in Stade, Germany, organized by CFK Valley e.V. and Carbon Composites e.V, and the German Aerospace Center’s 5th Colloquium on Production Technology, on May 15, in Augsburg.
#medical #outofautoclave #paek


Nanomaterial types and definitions

Nanomaterials range in size, material, characteristics and usage in composites manufacturing. Provided here are types and definitions of those currently available.
#feature #carbonnanotubes


Nanomaterials: Products, supply chain mature for next-gen composites

Development spans 3D and thermoplastic nanocomposites, nano-CMCs for hypersonics and nanomaterials safety and toxicity.
#ceramicmatrixcomposites #feature #carbonnanotubes


2019 Paris Air Show: Highlights

The 2019 Paris Air Show may have lacked the glamour of a new aircraft program announcement, but the composites industry represented is clearly gearing up for next-generation aerospace manufacturing.
#nextgenaerospace #peek #layup


Big additive machines tackle large molds

In commercial aerocomposites fabrication, molds reign supreme, but they are expensive. Large-format additive manufacturing systems are poised to make production-ready molds quickly and affordably.
#cuttingtools #layup #outofautoclave