#MEDICAL

Hard Chrome Enterprises Inc. Acquired

The plating company has served the aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer sectors since 1969. 

When a CNC Turn-Mill Doesn’t Turn

A shop in Big Sky Country uses a B-axis multitasking machine to produce complex, prismatic medical parts that require no turning complete from barstock.

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.

Reshoring of Medical Equipment With an Eye on Electropolishing

Hubbard-Hall prepares to help surface finishers seeking to implement electropolishing processes in order to take advantage of reshoring efforts to bring production work back to the U.S.

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. 

Automotive

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.

Wind/Energy

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.

Electrochemical Grinding Makes a Point

A programmable pointing and material handling system used on electrochemical grinding machines can accommodate a range of needle point designs while eliminating a variety of pre- and post-process operations.

Carbon Fibers

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.

CFS Expands Electropolishing Services to Additional Markets

After providing electropolishing services to the industrial manufacturing industry for more than 20 years, Custom Fab Solutions has announced it is expanding its offerings to additional markets including food and beverage, medical devices and aerospace.

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.

Carbon Fibers

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.

Carbon Fibers

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.

Aerospace

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.

Perstorp Converts Production to Solve Swedish National Disinfection Crisis

Perstorp started large-scale production of hand sanitizer and surface disinfectant for the Swedish healthcare sector in response to COVID-19.

Natural Fibers

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.