#LAYUP

Design/Simulation

EconCore, Toray and Bostik collaborate on FST-qualified thermoplastic honeycomb panels

Developed for mass transportation applications, including aircraft interiors, the material improves upon the cost, sustainability and versatility of conventional sandwich layup.

Design/Simulation

Hexagon vision inspection eliminates manual inspection process

According to AMRC’s case study, Hexagon’s composite inspection technology uses 3D modeling to scan and map fiber orientation data, generating a 3D profile of the part being inspected.

Molds/Tools

DUNA introduces Corafoam tooling board product line

The 2-Ib polyurethane Corafoam HPT-35 makes for efficient production of prototypes, is non-toxic and can be applied to composite layup tooling.

Defense

Quickstep Technology selects JETCAM and CrossTrack for nesting and material tracking

In its final stages of JETCAM testing, Quickstep maintains its future expansion plans for Industry 4.0 functionality and a paperless factory.

Wind/Energy

Sino Polymer develops high-performance epoxy resin systems for prepreg applications

The one-component carbon fiber prepreg can be cured at 150ºC for 10 minutes, is suitable for structural parts requiring Tg within 120-140ºC and can be stored for up to 18 months at -18ºC

Aerospace

Recycled thermoplastic composite rotorcraft access panel takes flight

Designed as part of the TPC-Cycle program, the flight-tested panel demonstrates a lighter, cost-effective, sustainable thermoplastic composite application.

Carbon Fibers

Sino Polymer develops high-performance epoxy resin prepreg

Used in railway applications, the carbon fiber prepreg can be cured at 150℃ for 10 minutes, and is suitable for structural parts requiring Tg within 120-140℃. 

Carbon Fibers

Strata delivers 100 shipsets of inboard flaps for Airbus A350-900

Strata assumes fabrication and assembly duties for inboard flaps production and plans to incorporate HDF and ATL machines into the process.

Design/Simulation

Composites 4.0: Digital transformation, adaptive production, new paradigms

An evolving landscape of automation, sensors and AI software is not an end, but a means to achieve the cost, quality, efficiency and agility required for future manufacturing.  

Automotive

First all-CFRP fuselage in Mexico

UNAQ and RHEM Composites help produce body of third prototype for Oaxaca Aerospace’s Pegasus P-400T.

Carbon Fibers

High-rate, automated aerospace RTM line delivers next-gen spoilers

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.

Aerospace

ZAero project update

The 2019 final review demonstrated integration of an automated CFRP process chain: AFP inline inspection and rework, cure and resin flow sensors, part performance prediction and a decision support tool for line operators.

Digital thread vs. digital twin

Visualizing the difference between digital representations and data flows and understanding the applications that are changing composites manufacturing and business models.

Cutting/Kitting

Augmented reality system facilitates FRP component preforming

The software makes exact alignment and position of materials directly visible on the component.

Aerospace

Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?

Infusion

No business case for reteaching robots

DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology has developed an AI-equipped work cell where collaborative robots can switch from producing composite rear pressure bulkheads to fuselage panels without requiring reprogramming or retraining.

Pultrusion

Plasan North America expands composite manufacturing solutions

The company plans to expand and invest in automated cutting technology to go with established prepregging, pultrusion and autoclave cure expertise.

Design/Simulation

Composites 4.0: Architecture and ontology

Adaptive systems, IoT platforms and apps, the need for 4.0 standardization and a new way to develop and certify composite aerostructures.

Automotive

The untapped potential in Formula 1 composite manufacture

Formula 1’s midfield teams are struggling to bridge the gap to their better resourced frontrunning counterparts. Could Industry 4.0 composites manufacturing automation level the playing field?

Processes

Glossary

Glossary of composites terms

Automotive

Racing to build tomorrow’s automotive composites workforce

Recent graduates share experiences gained from collegiate automotive design, engineering and motorsport competition Formula SAE.

Automotive

Ascent Aerospace invests in large-format AM machine

The LFAM machine will enable fabrication and delivery of production-ready fixtures and molds at significantly reduced lead-times. 

Automotive

Toray TC346 prepreg earns flame-retardancy certifications

Toray TC346 prepreg resin system offers high compression strength, interlaminar shear strength and more for the automotive and motorsport markets. 

Design/Simulation

Coriolis Composites and Edixia develop inline inspection for AFP

Video and discussion of how the sensor and software operate to boost composites productivity