Carbon Fibers

Thermoplastic tapes reinforced with textile-based PAN carbon fiber

IACMI project trials inline production of thermoplastic tapes reinforced with textile-based PAN carbon fiber. 
#precursor #polyacrylonitrile #workinprogress


Episode 36: Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya, IACMI

IACMI’s Dale Brosius and Uday Vaidya talk about the first five years of the organization, how it has evolved and what the future might hold as IACMI continues its quest to help drive composite materials and process growth.
#trends #iacmi #precursor

Glass Fibers

The markets: Automotive (2021)

Composites continue measured growth as the global automotive industry, driven by zero-emissions goals toward increased electrification, seeks to reduce vehicle weight and improve performance.
#iacmi #biomaterials #audi


NREL, Arkema research recyclable, thermoplastic composite wind turbine blades

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and partners aim to develop more sustainable, longer-lasting turbine blades that are less expensive to manufacture.
#iacmi #windblades

Carbon Fibers

Hybrid, large-format additive tooling: Lighter, faster, less costly molds for big parts

Additively manufactured cores, CFRP face skins produce large tools for prototype, low-volume aerostructure parts.
#workinprogress #pei #iacmi

IACMI launches workforce development initiative

The program, Elevate by IACMI, will serve as an initiative to bring together the diverse stakeholders and partners in the advanced manufacturing workforce development field.
#workforcedevelopment #iacmi

IACMI supports UT-designed face shield production

The UT Shield features lightweight frame and clear plastic that is reusable and easily cleaned for incoming students, faculty and staff. 
#iacmi #medical


IACMI collaboration aims to develop carbon fiber for hydrogen storage tanks

The $2.7 million U.S. Department of Energy funding supports the vision for affordable hydrogen production, storage distribution and use.


DOE announces funding for projects supporting composites for vehicle applications

Composite recipients Ford and GM will develop a multi-functional cross-car beam and volume manufacturing of structural battery enclosures.
#electricvehicles #iacmi #ford

People in Composites: June 2020

Siemens Gamesa, Composites for Europe, SPE, Lockheed Martin and more announce management changes. 
#lockheedmartin #sustainability #workforcedevelopment

In memoriam: Longtime CW writer Sara Black dies at 66

Sara Black joined CompositesWorld in 1999 and for the next 20 years embodied the intelligence, curiosity, respect, diligence and accuracy that the publication strove to deliver to its audience.
#iacmi #workforcedevelopment #infrastructure

People in Composites: May 2020

IACMI, SAERTEX, SAMPE and Tooling Tech Group announce new hires in the composites industry.
#workforcedevelopment #iacmi #honda

Mass Transit

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


Developing new solutions for noise, vibration and harshness

Several recent IACMI partner projects focus on technology innovation related to challenges in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in vehicle design.
#iacmi #adhesives #sustainability


Developing new solutions to multimaterial joining

Several recent IACMI partner projects focus on technology innovation related to challenges in multimaterial joining for the wind and automotive sectors.
#pastpresentandfuture #sustainability #adhesives

Composites industry response to the coronavirus pandemic, Part 1

A compilation of CompositesWorld’s coverage of how the pandemic has affected the composites industry, through March 31, 2020.
#marketing #workforcedevelopment #airbus

Carbon Fibers

Sustainability matters: Now, not just in the future

Public opinion on plastics will sharpen the focus on sustainability in composites manufacturing.
#sustainability #perspectives-and-provocations #iacmi


Wind energy: Gale force growth ahead

Columnist Dale Brosius addresses recent accomplishments, forecasts and recycling challenges affecting the wind energy industry — and composites use within it.
#perspectives-and-provocations #windblades #sustainability

Carbon Fibers

Montefibre Carbon receives €11.5 million in new funding to develop aerospace-grade carbon fiber

The Spain-based company is investing in production of a PAN precursor for conversion to carbon fiber with semi-aerospace quality, and building of a flexible carbonization line. 
#iacmi #polyacrylonitrile #precursor

Enabling a circular economy approach to advanced composites innovation, manufacturing and use, Part 2

IACMI chief technology officer Uday Vaidya reflects on IACMI’s role in improving composites’ recyclability and reusability.
#discontinuousfiber #sheetmoldingcompound #iacmi