Valuable data: From travelers to the as-built digital twin

Taking advantage of the electronic record proves to be of significant value to composite fabricator’s record-keeping process. 
#pastpresentandfuture #workforcedevelopment #automation


Part 2: Performance and safety benefits of prepregs

Returning with his second installment, Brian Bishop discusses the performance and safety benefits to using prepreg, and the value they can bring to composites fabricators. 
#braiding #layup #pastpresentandfuture


Rediscovering the benefits of prepregs in composites manufacturing

Compared to more traditional forms of composites manufacturing, prepregs enable reduced manufacturing costs and enhance production performance. 
#layup #pastpresentandfuture #weaving

Carbon Fibers

Boron fiber: The original high-performance fiber

History and future developments for high-performance boron fiber.
#bmi #northropgrumman #marketing


Fiberglass composites improve infrastructure efficiency and sustainability

Gert de Roover, building, construction and infrastructure manager at Exel Composites, explains why composite materials contribute to the drive for greener buildings. 
#pastpresentandfuture #sustainability


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.
#adhesives #iacmi #layup


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.
#iacmi #sustainability #adhesives

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.
#iacmi #discontinuousfiber #sheetmoldingcompound


Enabling a circular economy approach to advanced composites innovation, manufacturing and use, Part 1

In part 1 of a two-month column, IACMI chief technology officer Uday Vaidya reflects on the organization’s efforts to reduce the embodied energy of composites.
#precursor #windblades #pastpresentandfuture


IACMI: Driving innovation in the advanced composites industry

Since its start in 2015, the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has come a long way in its mission of advancing composites innovation. CTO Uday Vaidya reflects on the past five years.
#pastpresentandfuture #windblades #composites4_0

Glass Fibers

The Rubik’s Cube of working efficiently with different composite materials

Each member of an aerospace OEM’s supply chain works on a different side of the project, ultimately driving toward the same goal: a better composite-intensive aircraft.
#pastpresentandfuture #sustainability #autoclave


Riding the rollercoaster that is the aerospace industry

The Boeing’s 787 and the Airbus A350 XWB plunged the commercial aerospace supply chain into a period of instability from which it has only just emerged. The next generation of commercial aircraft production promises to be just as tumultuous.
#787 #pastpresentandfuture #boeing

Natural Fibers

Natural fiber composites: What’s holding them back?

Natural fiber reinforcements have been available for some time, but factors such as compatibility with current processes and geographic availability continue to limit widespread use.
#regulation #sustainability #pastpresentandfuture


Can the aerospace industry regain its ability to "try"?

TPI Composites’ Steve Nolet reflects on the strides that composites in the aerospace industry have made in the past fifty years, while also wondering if the industry could regain the space race era desire to test limits.
#spiritaerosystems #pastpresentandfuture #boeing

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing is missing the third dimension

Emerging processes like continuous fiber manufacturing, in-situ consolidation and tool-less manufacturing are bringing composite 3D printing into the third dimension.
#pastpresentandfuture #787 #boeing


Aerospace outlook: A dynamic, evolving supply chain and market

With major new aircraft programs on the horizon, the aerospace industry is looking to reduce costs and increase efficiencies.
#pastpresentandfuture #787 #a350


Innovation in SMC: A long history and great potential

Manufacturer’s representative Steve Brown reflects on the history of sheet molding compound (SMC) development and lessons he has learned from working with companies through the process.
#pastpresentandfuture #787 #boeing

Carbon Fibers

Reinforced phenolics: Still disruptive after all these years

Fiber-reinforced phenolics could be a key enabler of a coming automotive industry disruption.
#pastpresentandfuture #marketing #regulation


Thermoplastic composites in aerospace – the future looks bright

The real impediment to use of thermoplastic composites in critical control surfaces is an education gap.
#pastpresentandfuture #adhesives #airbus


Data infrastructure in composites manufacturing: A growing need

As more automation enters the fabrication process for composites, new data infrastructure is required to guide that automation.
#automation #layup #pastpresentandfuture