#MEDICAL

IACMI supports UT-designed face shield production

The UT Shield features lightweight frame and clear plastic that is reusable and easily cleaned for incoming students, faculty and staff. 

ITA acquires composites 4.0-enabled BIAXTRONIC warp-knitting machine from Karl Mayer

This latest technology will aid development of open-meshed textile grids and non-crimp fabric structures for composites and concrete reinforcements.

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Toray Performance Materials Corp.

Toray Performance Materials Corp. is featuring its line of high-performance, high-volume, carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite materials.

Thermoplastics

Fibre Extrusion Technology FET-100 series reaches $20 million in sales

The multi-functional melt spinning system facilitates the development of precursor synthetic textile materials, as well as biodegradable composite materials.

Carbon Fibers

Teijin increases short carbon fiber capacity

Increased product capacity will enable the company to better react to European market demands and strengthen its carbon fiber portfolio.

Aerospace

Electric short takeoff & landing aircraft addresses e-commerce needs

California-based Airflow's eSTOL aircraft promises cost-effective, rapid delivery of cargo within a distance range of 50-200 miles.

Thermoplastics

Engel, Fill develop automated cell for thermoplastic composites

The system combines a tape-laying cell with a consolidation unit to produce fit-for-purpose blanks with 15-30 tapes in 1-minute intervals. 

Defense

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.

Testing

Capture 3D introduces ATOS Q 3D scanning technology

Capture 3D adds a high-tech, compactly designed ATOS Q to its ATOS product line of blue light 3D scanners.

Carbon Fibers

Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.

Mass Transit

Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus

Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.

Additive Manufacturing

9T Labs recognized as finalist for Swiss startup award

The Swiss carbon fiber composite 3D-printing startup is one of five finalists for the Prix Strategis 2020 competition.

Construction

Quarantreat offers fast-build medical isolation studio for COVID-19 containment

Rapid dispatch design uses LitePan composite structural insulated panels and LiteTex thermoplastic composite laminates.

Automotive

Curve in the road: First curved pultruded auto parts

Thomas Technik + Innovation KG’s radius pultrusion process unlocks new possibilities for the automotive market and beyond.

Construction

AOC resins support manufacture of emergency hospital wards

Rapidly built emergency hospital wards built in response to the coronavirus outbreak incorporate AOC resins in a pre-fabricated roofing system.

Wind/Energy

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers

SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.

Thermoplastics

Composite 3D printing allows damage detection in aerospace and construction

Using Anisoprint 3D printers, a materials research center in the Netherlands has developed 3D-printed composite parts with self-sensing functionality.

Construction

Italian research agency fights COVID-19 with smart shelters using biocomposites

SOS Smart Operating Shelter project offers fast-build mobile healthcare structures using natural fiber/biopolymer sandwich panels.

Leaders in the composites industry work together to develop ventilators for COVID-19 patients

A U.K.-government funded project collects Meggitt, GKN, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and others to quickly help meet demand.

Composites industry response to the coronavirus pandemic, Part 1

A compilation of CompositesWorld’s coverage of how the pandemic has affected the composites industry, through March 31, 2020.

Construction

Composite hospital shelter in development to combat coronavirus

Rhode Island-based Core Composites uses its experience developing composite shelters for the military for a new design to combat hospital overflow.

Core

Evonik rigid foam cores utilized for automated composites fabrication

Foam cores specialist Evonik is featuring the results of a joint study by Evonik Industries, Composite Technology Center GmbH and Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., on the use of rigid foam material in automated production.

Cutting/Kitting

Eastman Machine's customers shift gears to fight pandemic

Customers using cutting tables to fabricate composite parts and structures are turning to Eastman to retrofit for processing medical-grade fabrics.

Aerospace

Airbus reduces wing production in German, U.K. facilities

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Airbus is temporarily reducing production activities at three aircraft wing facilities for three weeks.