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Hi-Temp Resins

Anisoprint launches ProM IS 500 industrial 3D printer

ProM IS 500 is said to be the first industrial printer for continuous fiber-reinforced high-temperature plastics.

Additive Manufacturing

Fixed-gantry options for large-scale additive manufacturing

Thermwood’s LSAM MT, the latest model of is large-scale additive manufacturing machine, features a single fixed gantry mounted over a moving table.

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Michelman

At CAMX 2019, Michelman is featuring its new line of Hydrosize carbon fiber sizing solutions.

Design/Simulation

Magnetic 3D printing the next generation of tailored composites

Fortify uses magnetic fields and digital light processing to produce tailored microstructures for high-resolution, 3D printed composite parts — and enables the next generation of multiscale, multifunctional composite metamaterials.

Thermoplastics

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Ensinger Composites

Ensinger offers engineering capabilities for high-performance thermoplastics and thermoplastic composites.

Thermoplastics

Consortium targets solutions for carbon fiber thermoplastic composite structures

The HAICoPAS project, led by Hexcel and Arkema, aims to optimize UD tape design and manufacture for aerospace and automotive composites.

Aerospace

Institut de Soudure Groupe optimizes production control for large-sized composite parts

Partnership with aerostructures supplier Duqueine installs thermography to reduce inspection time and cost.

Carbon Fibers

2019 Paris Air Show: Highlights

The 2019 Paris Air Show may have lacked the glamour of a new aircraft program announcement, but the composites industry represented is clearly gearing up for next-generation aerospace manufacturing.

Carbon Fibers

Auto industry explores engineering thermoplastic performance improvements

Polyamides, carbon fiber prominent at 2019 SPE AutoEPCON.

Thermoplastics

EconCore thermoplastic honeycomb panel production technology

EconCore’s ThermHex honeycomb technology converts thermoplastics to high-performance, lightweight honeycomb core structures and, combined with inline lamination of skins, produces lightweight sandwich panels.

Additive Manufacturing

Tooling technologies positioned for speed, control

Tooling is one of the most rapidly evolving segments of the composites industry, as new technologies and processes like 3D printing, OOA infusion, thermoplastic composites reshape how molds are made.

Aerospace

Sicomin provides epoxy resins for ENATA Aerospace flying car concept

Sicomin’s SR1700 epoxy system was selected, having been specially formulated for the production of high-performance composites such as aerospace applications.

Carbon Fibers

Michelman launches Hydrosize Carbon fiber sizing solutions

Hydrosize Carbon reportedly allows carbon fiber manufacturers to optimize the interfacial adhesion between the polymers and the fibers by tailoring the surface chemistry of the reinforcement fibers to the chemistry of the matrix resin.

Core

EconCore breaking new ground with high-performance core materials

EconCore’s new ThermHex high-performance thermoplastics (HPT) honeycomb materials are well suited for applications requiring lightweight solutions but still needing to meet heat resistance and fire-smoke-toxicity (FST) requirements.

Fabrics/Preforms

JEC World 2019: Center for Composites Materials, University of Delaware

The Center for Composite Materials (CCM) at the University of Delaware introduced at JEC a new fiber-based product called TuFF (Tailored Universal Feedstock for Forming).

Carbon Fibers

JEC World 2019: Boston Materials

Boston Materials announced its Carbon Supercomposite, a carbon fiber fabric that features milled carbon fibers magnetically aligned in the “z” direction to provide uncommon ply-to-ply strength.

Prepregs

FACC receives STC approval for its Passenger Luggage Space Upgrade program

The glass fiber-reinforced composite overhead stowage bins are said to increase space while reducing weight by up to 67 percent.

Prepregs

CAMX 2018: Second look, more new developments

Curved pultrusion for automotive, Smart Susceptors for primary structure repairs and Huntsman advances leaf springs for trucks, carbon wheels for automotive, “thin-ply” ailerons with Airbus and Nanocomp Technologies.

Design/Simulation

Composite container protects satellites — on the ground

Cored composites add the strength, smoothness and portability needed for a container built to ship satellites over air, land and water.

Automotive

CFRP employed in oil control valve

Asian automaker replaces machined aluminum in an injection molded oil control valve with carbon fiber-reinforced composite.

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2018 preview: SAT Plating

SAT Plating creates precision plating solutions to include polymers not traditionally commercialized, such as carbon fiber and high-performance PEEK and Ultem materials. 

Compression Molding

CAMX 2018 preview: Langzauner

Langzauner (Lambrechten, Austria) is exhibiting its hydraulic press technology for thermoplastic and thermoset material processing, as well its automation of material and mold handling.

Fabrics/Preforms

CAMX 2018 preview: Inman Mills

Inman Mills (Inman, SC, US) is introducing its Texim thermoplastic yarns and fabrics, which feature a sheath of polymer fibers covering a reinforcing fiber core.