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Thermoplastics

I want to say two words to you: “Thermoplastic tapes”

Thermoplastic tapes are not new to composites, but they soon will join the primary aerostructures material palette and could be their future.
#787 #peek #pei

Thermoplastics

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 1

After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe.
#feature #sustainability #darpa

Construction

Composite fendering piles fit the bill

Composites replace wood in New Jersey marine fender project.
#frprebar #infrastructure #feature

Thermoplastics

Composites and Industry 4.0: Where are we?

As the tide of the Fourth Industrial Revolution rolls in, how will composite manufacturers ride the wave?
#composites4_0 #cuttingtools #iacmi

Aerospace

Reconfigurable tooling: Revolutionizing composites manufacturing

Shape-changing molds eliminate tooling for large 3D panels while automated assembly fixtures go modular, using metrology to reduce cost and shimming.
#cuttingtools #hprtm #outofautoclave

Thermoplastics

Preforming goes industrial: Part 2

Automated preforming isn’t only for 2D and 2.5D parts. Innovators are taking successful aim at building 3D preforms at production speeds.
#windblades #cuttingtools #peek

Prepregs

SMC: Old dog, more tricks

In the sheet molding compound renaissance, the advent of new resins and compounds are broadening the definition and application of this versatile family of composites.
#feature #marketing #regulation

Epoxies

Preforming goes industrial: Part 1

ATL and AFP-based preforming options now abound for processing dry and/or impregnated reinforcements as quickly as 1 minute or less with potential yearly part yields in the millions.
#camx #bmw #feature

Injection/Overmolding

Composites recycling: Gaining traction

Recycling of carbon fiber, glass fiber and — at last — resins, is growing as new players enter the space.
#camx #workforcedevelopment #windblades

Design/Simulation

Accelerating materials insertion: Where do virtual allowables fit?

In the quest to reduce the time and cost for aerocomposite design allowables development, will conventional physical testing and virtual testing go head-to-head or work side-by-side?
#weaving #sustainability #discontinuousfiber

Glass Fibers

Composites for builders: Establishing structural foundations

Doors open to composites in residential and light commercial construction, above and below ground.
#feature #marketing #workforcedevelopment

CAMX Expo

SMC: Old dog, new tricks

A sheet molding compound renaissance highlights new reinforcements, new fillers, new matrices, new opportunities.
#marketing #regulation #adhesives

Glass Fibers

Google shoots the moon

Google Lunar XPRIZE contenders turn to space- and launch-friendly composites.
#feature #autoclave #space

Compression Molding

Composites in Class A body panels: Evolution continues

Low-density SMCs lead the way as fiber-reinforced polymers make headway in auto components that must please the eye.
#feature #marketing #weaving

Poly/Vinyl Esters

Green resins: Closer to maturity

As more players approach the market, R&D expands, but overall market growth in the composites arena is still slow but steady.
#feature #sustainability #biomaterials