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Automotive

Fill completes new center for digitalization and software engineering

Future Zone in Austria explores future of production machines, system intelligence, and virtual and real symbiosis.

Carbon Fibers

German Bionic unveils fourth-generation carbon fiber exoskeleton

The Cray X features a frame made with SGL Carbon carbon fiber and aids workers when lifting loads of up to 28 kilograms for up to eight hours.

Mass Transit

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.

Carbon Fibers

New funding accelerates Boston Materials' composite development

The funding enables Boston Materials’ efforts to expand its Supercomp reinforcement product’s presence in the market.

Aerospace

3dpbm offers 2020 advanced materials AM focus eBook

The fourth edition of their Focus AM eBook, the publication focuses on advanced materials including ceramics, high-performance polymers and more.

Automotive

Arris Composites secures $48.5 million new funding to accelerate Additive Molding technology

The company plans to open facilities in the U.S. and Taiwan, and to use its composites manufacturing process to build consumer electronics.

Automotive

Researchers explore biomimetic approach for making adhesives tougher

A team from Purdue University takes inspiration from sea creatures to produce stronger adhesives with weaker bonds.

Construction

IACMI Winter 2020 Meeting

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) held its winter meeting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. January 21-23, updating its membership on the public-private institute's efforts to accelerate composites design and manufacturing.

Carbon Fibers

The markets: Electronics (2020)

Consumers demand in the electronics market for greater durability and more features at lower cost and weight is driving OEMs toward composite solutions.

Automotive

Hyundai Motor Co., Uber unveil air taxi model

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the companies announced an aerial ridesharing partnership and a new eVTOL design.

Thermoplastics

Bio-derived thermoplastic elastomers designed for overmolding

PolyOne’s reSound OM thermoplastic elastomers, derived from sugarcane, are said to offer hardness levels and performance comparable to standard TPEs.

Composites 2020: A Multitude of Markets

The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.

Thermoplastics

LANXESS commissions two new production lines for Tepex thermoplastic composites

The 1,500-square-meter expansion to the Brilon, Germany facility increases production of the continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites by 50%.

Marine

National Composites Week: How composites entertain us

As we celebrate National Composites Week lets take some time to consider some of the ways composites contribute to one of humankind’s most sought after pursuits — the quest for constant entertainment.  

Consumer

Advancing additive manufacturing to exploit anisotropy

Anisoprint posits continuous fiber composites, not metals, as the material for optimized AM structures.

Thermoplastics

High-speed, high-rate thermoplastic composites manufacturing

A novel process from SABIC and Airborne promises high-speed, high-rate production of thermoplastic composite laminates for mainstream manufacturing and a variety of applications.

Thermoplastics

Evolving into continuous fiber reinforcements

SABIC expanded its materials offerings in short-fiber injection and long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials to include continuous-fiber thermoplastic tapes.

Carbon Fibers

Consumer electronics: hybrid composite covers

Study demonstrates feasibility of thermoplastic composites, high-speed production process.

Carbon Fibers

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Boston Materials

Boston Materials is introducing its Supercomp z-axis milled carbon fiber reinforcement products at CAMX 2019.

Employment Opportunity: Senior Operations Manager, TenCate Performance Composites

TenCate Performance Composites, a part of Toray Group, is seeking a Senior Operations Manager to be based in Camarillo, Calif., U.S.

Additive Manufacturing

Reaping the benefits: Composites use grows in agricultural equipment

Multiple trends support composites advances in this huge but fragmented market.

Prepregs

JEC World 2019 preview: Chomarat

Chomarat (Le Cheylard, France) is exhibiting its latest woven and multiaxial carbon fiber reinforcements at JEC World 2019.

Thermoplastics

JEC World 2019 preview: SABIC

SABIC (Pittsfield, Mass., U.S., 6/P12) is highlighting the progress of its Digital Composites Manufacturing line, an automated digital systems for rapid, large-scale laminate manufacturing, via a 360-degree virtual reality experience.

Thermoplastics

JEC World 2019 preview: Bond Laminates

Bond-Laminates (Cologne, Germany, 5/N33) is featuring its Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites.