Recent graduates share experiences gained from collegiate automotive design, engineering and motorsport competition Formula SAE.
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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.
Additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, greener parts featured prominently.
The 5th annual Altair Enlighten Awards strive to promote and celebrate innovation in automotive lightweighting.
Composites have made a lingering and increasingly positive impression in the for exterior automotive body panels.
With a long, storied history in composites moldmaking, this rare nickel vapor deposition specialist has built a strong niche, making large, high-quality tools.
CW columnist Dale Brosius is the head of his own consulting company, which serves clients in the composites industry worldwide. Here, he comments on the still prominent role the aerospace industry will have in the automotive industry's integration of composites into its manufacturing mix.
An update on efforts to produce pitch-based fibers from low-cost coal.
The Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive, June 11-12 in Novi, Mich., aims to shed light on materials and processes for automotive composites manufacturing.
Detroit’s annual automotive industry showcase highlights the rapid pace of innovation.
Dale Brosius, a consultant and president of Quickstep Composites (Dayton, Ohio), observes that chasing aluminum as a competitor is a much easier task than chasing steel — if the composites industry can meet cost and volume requirements.
Opportunities knock in Knoxville: CF 2013 featured nearly 30 speakers and almost 300 attendees, representing a wide range of participating industry, government and academic organizations.
Suppliers of meter/mix/dispense (MMD) equipment are under pressure to keep pace with process innovations that are drastically reducing mold cycle times for carbon fiber/epoxy laminates in automotive applications.
Low-density SMCs lead the way as fiber-reinforced polymers make headway in auto components that must please the eye.
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Autoclave-cured carbon-fiber prepreg hood/fender combo proves as technically formidable as it is visually stunning.
CT's editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan reviews activities on the automotive front, as OEMs consider composites to lightweight their vehicles in view of more stringent fuel economy and tailpipe emissions regulations, asking "Are we ready?"
Long-time composites industry observer Dale Brosius, now a consultant and the president of Dayton, Ohio-based Quickstep Composites, the U.S. subsidiary of Australia-based Quickstep Technologies (Bankstown Airport, New South Wales), asks some hard questions about the composites industry's readiness to supply the auto industry with the materials and processes necessary to meet coming lightweighting challenges.
Bursting at the seams, the 12th annual Society of Plastic Engineers Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition tops its previous bests.
As thermoplastic composites makes inroads into these complex, modular parts, weight and cost go down, functionality goes up.
As more carbon composites are used on structural car components, how will crash damage be assessed and repairs be made?
For Detroit’s Big Three, a joint precompetitive composite design, development, fabrication and testing program nears successful completion.
Reinforced plastics save weight and cost, increase underhood productivity.
How will fiber-reinforced polymers fare in a post-recession, cost- and fuel-economy-obsessed auto market?
When it comes to the debate about composites vs. metals in car manufacture, the post-recession automotive industry could as easily fall into old habits as tip over into new possibilities.