#PRECURSOR

CAMX 2015: Award winners, keynote report, show news

If you didn't make it to CAMX 2015, the event was, by all accounts, a success. Feedback from the exhibit floor and the conference was positive and upbeat, and with 7,500+ attendees, the show has established itself as North America's largest composites trade event.
#carbonnanotubes #generalmotors #iacmi

Carbon Fibers

Toray extends Boeing carbon fiber contract, will build new carbon fiber plant

Toray will build in South Carolina a 2,000-ton-capacity plant that integrates precursor, carbon fiber and prepreg production for the Boeing 787 and 777X.
#777x #787 #boeing

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2015: Strong Mix of Market, Technical, Product Innovation

CAMX 2015 (Oct. 26-29) in Dallas, TX, was, by all accounts, a success. Feedback from the exhibit floor and the conferences was positive and upbeat. CompositesWorld was there and offers this review of highlights from the show floor and the session, including product award winners, keynote address and industry announcements.
#sheetmoldingcompound #windblades #autoclave

Aerospace

Is it time for carbon fiber manufacturers to cooperate?

In anticipation of CompositesWorld's 2015 iteration of its annual Carbon Fiber conference, set for December, CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan looks ahead to the future as he recalls some tough questions about carbon fiber standardization posed by last year's keynote speaker.
#precursor #777x #editorial

Carbon Fibers

Atmospheric plasma heading toward commercialization for carbon fiber manufacture

RMX Technologies (Knoxville, TN, US) reports that its atmospheric plasma technology, in development for four years, is close to commercialization and could boost oxidation capacity.
#polyacrylonitrile #precursor

ATL/AFP

CFK-Valley Stade Convention 2015 report

The composites industry in Germany is preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
#precursor #marketing #airbus

Carbon Fibers

Fall is officially here — it's time to think about carbon fiber

As we enter fall and the final week of September, it's time to think about carbon fiber — specifically CW's annual Carbon Fiber conference, which will be back in Knoxville, TN, US, this year, Dec. 8-10 at the Knoxville Convention Center.
#boeing #bmw #precursor

Aerospace

AIAA Space and Aeronautics Forum: Mars on their mind

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space and Astronautics Forum was held in late August and featured robust discussion about missions to low-Earth orbit and to Mars.
#precursor #space #boeing

Hi-Temp Resins

Outer space: The “final frontier” is exciting again!

CW contributor Dale Brosius, a composites industry consultant and the chief commercialization officer for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), points to evidence that the composites industry will, once again, be the beneficiary of renewed drive for space exploration.
#cyanateester #polyacrylonitrile #iacmi

Automotive

SPE’S ACCE 2015 Preview

Automotive composites remain a hot topic in the Motor City.
#adhesives #iacmi #weaving

Carbon Fibers

Composite air brakes: Stopping the world’s fastest car

CFRP sandwich structures a key element of deceleration in the Bloodhound SSC rocket-powered racer’s two-run attempt at resetting the land speed record.
#electricvehicles #layup #precursor

Compression Molding

Prepreg compression molding makes its commercial debut

Ultra-thin, preformed laminate designs enable CFRP decklid manufacture at lower-than-expected mass and at cycle times approaching mass-production speed.
#autoclave #cuttingtools #adhesives

News Briefs: JEC Europe 2015

Briefs on Hexcel, AkzoNobel, Ashland.
#marketing #a350 #precursor

Aerospace

Why South Carolina? Why now?

CW guest columnist Tom Lemire (T.F. Lemire Consulting Inc., Irvine, CA, US), comments on the aerospace industry's current attraction to this particular spot on the US map and wonders if it's the beginning of a trend.
#787 #boeing #precursor

Carbon Fibers

Additive manufacturing: Can you print a car?

Collaborative demonstration dispels doubt about 3D printing’s disruptive potential for direct-to-digital manufacturing of just about anything BIG.
#precursor #cuttingtools #discontinuousfiber

Thermoplastics

Autocomposites Update: Engine oil pans

As thermoplastic composites makes inroads into these complex, modular parts, weight and cost go down, functionality goes up.
#marketing #sustainability #sheetmoldingcompound

Carbon Fibers

Carbon Fiber 2014 Conference Report

Automation, alternative PAN precursor and carbon composites on commercial aircraft top the bill at December’s event on the US West Coast.
#polyacrylonitrile #precursor #v22

Design/Simulation

Getting part dimensions right in composites molding

Guest columnists Dr. Göran Fernlund (left) and Dr. Anoush Poursartip (right) of Convergent Manufacturing Technologies (Vancouver, BC, Canada) argue that today's CAD design and process simulation software can construct a "multi-physic process model" accurate enough for reliable dimensional management.
#layup #precursor #polyacrylonitrile

Carbon Fibers

Supply and demand: Advanced fibers (2015)

Demand for advanced fiber, virgin and reclaimed, is on an upswing after a dip during the recent recession. Fiber suppliers are gearing up to meet an expected increase in demand as manufacturers in a number of composites end-markets scale up or start up part development and production programs.
#precursor #bmw #boeing

Natural Fibers

Fiber reinforcement forms (2015)

Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.
#spreadtow #sheetmoldingcompound #braiding