Spintech shows significant cost and labor savings using its Smart Tooling, dry fiber preforms and RTM/VARTM technology on aircraft wing and inlet duct demonstrators.
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GFRP eliminates risk of corrosion and increases durability fourfold for reinforced concrete that meets future demands as traffic, urbanization and extreme weather increase.
FR composite panels provide structure, sealing and iconic facade for pioneering architecture in Dubai.
C-FREX uses a novel design and CFRP to overcome the heaviness and weakness of metallic exoskeletons.
At Spirit AeroSystem’s Prestwick facility in Scotland, a glimpse of the future of aerocomposites manufacturing in a resin transfer molding line for A320 spoilers.
Automated preforming and 5-min resin infiltration show a way forward for lower-cost CFRP primary structures.
A process that combines continuous carbon fiber-reinforced PAEK with chopped fiber/PEEK overmolding is making inroads in the aerospace market. Parts that previously could not be produced cost-effectively from composites can now be made at less cost than their metal counterparts.
A massive concrete water storage facility in Bogotá, Colombia, gets a much-needed makeover with the resin transfer molding of 840 large composite domes that keep the water potable.
The FlexHyJoin production cell combines surface structuring, induction and laser joining and NDT for automotive mass production.
In Turkey, a utility pole manufacturer combines filament winding, automation, glass and carbon fiber composites to expand its product line.
Glass fiber/foam preform technology is key to the all-composite refrigerated truck body panels.
Adapting its Automated Stiffener Forming (ASF) technology to build spars directly in female molds, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems anticipates dramatic drops in cycle time and manufacturing cost.
Adhesive-free, functionalized hybrid composites enabled by industry-first, integrated molding cell.
MTorres integrates lower cover, front and rear spars into unitized flying demonstrator using one-shot, low-cost, portable production.
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Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo will carry its SpaceShipTwo to launch position, then rocket passengers to suborbital space for a heavenly view of Earth.
First use of thermoplastic composite guide rails to replace aluminum brings many benefits to fixed-glass, roller-blind sunroof modules.
Naval architect Paul Bieker and Henderson Boat Co. team take this venerable marine racing class to a more affordable performance/cost combination.
In the Irkut MS-21 infused and co-cured wings, the aerocomposites industry gets a glimpse of how out-of-autoclave technologies might be applied to primary aircraft structures.
With its new Torreswing automated system for mold-free, fastener-free composite fuselage and wing construction, MTorres aims to revolutionize aerostructure.
Audi and Voith Composites iterate the CFRP rear wall from R8 sports car to A8 luxury sedan via an automated production line able to output hundreds of parts per day.
MTorres seeks to enable next-gen aircraft and open new markets for composites with low-cost, high-permeability tapes and versatile, high-speed production lines.
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Metrology, robotics and inline inspection cut cost, reduce shimming and enable future automated production of three vertical tail planes per day.
A demonstration of large-format 3D printing delivers parts for an excavator cab, from CAD data to ready for assembly, in only five hours.
C-GRID trusses in CarbonCast wall system cut construction time, cost, complexity and carbon footprint in energy-efficient urban student housing.
Interest in FMLs is growing again as aeroengineers search for lightweight solutions adaptable to new narrowbody commercial aircraft.
Modular construction concept takes composite housing another step forward, offering a wide range of comparably priced housing solutions to builders of all types.
Decade-long development effort reaches key wind energy cost-reduction milestone using epoxy-besting infusion resin.