Carbon Fibers

Perseverance rover takes one step for composites on Mars

The rover’s successful landing on Feb. 18 begins a two-year science investigation of Mars’ Jezero Crater for ancient microbial life. 


CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Renegade Materials Corp.

Renegade Materials Corp. is promoting its prepregs, resins and adhesive products.


Kordsa expands thermoplastic prepreg lineup

The new woven prepregs are offered with polypropylene or polyamide resin matrices in sheets up to 1.2 by 1.2 meters.

Carbon Fibers

Gurit features core materials, adhesives, resins, molds for wind, aerospace

Gurit is featuring its offerings and expertise for wind energy, composite tooling and lightweighting applications such as aerospace, rail, healthcare and marine. ​​​​​​


Tech Table: Adhesives

A table of aerospace structural adhesives includes collected from data provided by suppliers. 


CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Specialty Materials

Specialty Materials Inc. is emphasizing its line of boron monofilament and prepreg materials, as well as SCS silicon carbide monofilament.

New Products: December 2018

CW’s roundup of new products for the composites industry – the past couple of months have seen innovations from Airtech, Cincinnati Inc., Composites Evolution, Evonik, Finepart, Granta, Gurit, Huber, Hyosung, Owens Corning, Park Aerospace, SAERTEX, Siemens, Thought3D and Victrex.


Park Aerospace's epoxy, cyanate ester resins target advanced radome applications

Park Electromechanical Corp. has introduced RadarWave, a new family of prepreg materials developed for the fabrication of advanced radome systems, principally for aerospace and defense applications.


CAMX 2018 preview: Compotool

Compotool (Monroe, WA, US; Auckland, New Zealand) is featuring its inorganic tooling board made from specialized formulated calcium silicate materials that reportedly exhibit favorable thermal and process characteristics. 


CAMX 2018 preview: Renegade Materials/Maverick

High-temperature materials specialists Renegade Materials Corp. and Maverick Corp. (both in Miamisburg, OH, US) are featuring their prepregs and adhesives, powered by Maverick-developed, non-MDA polyimide resins.

Carbon Fibers

Researchers successfully 3D print carbon fiber

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers claim to be the first to 3D print aerospace-grade carbon fiber.


Materials & Processes: Fiber formats for composites

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.


First 3D woven composite for NASA thermal protection systems

A NASA-led team develops 3D woven quartz preform, hybrid process to infuse it with cyanate ester resin (0.5% voids) and achieves TRL5 in three years to replace CF/phenolic in the Orion spacecraft’s compression pads.


Harris Corp., Rochester, NY, US

High-technology telescope and space structures expertise has its roots in legacy Kodak programs.

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.

Glass 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.


Farnborough 2014 Airshow Report

No longer a novelty at aerospace trade events, composites nevertheless faced competition from conventional materials at this year’s event.

Carbon Fibers

Composites carry the Curiosity rover to a safe Mars landing

From launch to touchdown, composites performed in flight and stuck the landing!


BMI and benzoxazine battle for future OOA aerocomposites

Offering weight, cost and process advantages, these “hot zone” resins are moving down the thermometer and into out-of-autoclave structural applications and autoclavable tooling now dominated by epoxies.


CFK-Valley Stade 2013 Review

Quality papers, candid speakers and compelling subject matter put the Carbon Composite Valley on the international map.


The Private Space Race

NASA passes the development torch to legacy contractors and NewSpace entrepreneurs, igniting a new competition in space transport.


Orion re-entry system: Composites displace metal

World’s largest heat shield updates metal design with out-of-autoclave process.


Resins for the Hot Zone, Part II: BMIs, CEs, benzoxazines and phthalonitriles

Next-generation aerospace programs demand higher temperatures for structural and hot-section components, fostering advances in thermoset resin chemistry.

SAMPE 2009 Product Showcase

Showgoers at the SAMPE 2009 Conference and Exhibiton in Baltimore, Md. found many suppliers undeterred by poor economic news. 

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