#SPREADTOW

Automotive

ITHEC 2020 finalizes technical program

Agenda includes emerging technologies, welding, a panel discussion and the new Advanced Thermoplastic Composite 3D Printing Forum.

Fabrics/Preforms

JEC World 2020 preview: TeXtreme

Spread tow brand TeXtreme is releasing new versions of its fabric in multiple colors, in collaboration with Hypetex.

Compression Molding

Solvay showcases low-cost prepreg and parts approach using Cygnet Texkimp filament winder

High-speed, tailored preforms are used with Solvay double diaphragm forming (DDF) and compression molding to produce cost-effective, medium-volume auto and aero parts.

Composites 2020: A Multitude of Markets

The manufacturing world likes to think of composites fabrication as a single, global entity that operates to serve its customers’ needs with a variety of highly engineered parts and structures.

Carbon Fibers

HUESKER develops W8SVR Neolaminate, refinement of organosheets

Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite offers up to 20% less weight or 35% higher flexural stiffness.

Natural Fibers

Natural fiber composites: What’s holding them back?

Natural fiber reinforcements have been available for some time, but factors such as compatibility with current processes and geographic availability continue to limit widespread use.

Carbon Fibers

Fiber sizing, tow spreading and the quest for encapsulation

Fiber sizing is easily overlooked by composites fabricators, but it will be increasingly important to optimization of fiber performance.

Epoxies

HP-RTM for serial production of cost-effective CFRP aerostructures

Merging automotive process and tooling with aerospace quality to meet increasing production rates.

ATL/AFP

Large, high-volume, infused composite structures on the aerospace horizon

Infused carbon fiber composite structures are not new, but they have never been built at the rates anticipated for next-generation, single-aisle aircraft. It is a daunting prospect — but a feasible one.

Carbon Fibers

Combining materials for better bicycles

Bicycle manufacturer HIA Velo combines composite materials to make its products more durable.

Consumer

Making better composite bikes in Arkansas

Bicycle manufacturer HIA Velo (Little Rock, AR, US), maker of carbon fiber bikes, is using a combination of composite materials to make their products more durable.

Thermoplastics

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

Safe cycling: Keys to composite bike design integrity

Steps bike designers and manufacturers must take to keep high-performance carbon fiber bikes safe, upright and on the road or trial.

Glass Fibers

How is tow spread?

ITA characterizes tow spreading processes and parameters as it develops new technology to speed production (100 m/min) and reduce width variation (<1mm).

RTM

Rear wall reboot: One-stop, tow to tape to CFRP part

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.

Consumer

Spread tow brings new life to legacy markets

Spread tow and thin ply open new opportunities in composites for golf shafts/driveshafts, boats and spacecraft thanks to improvements in lead time, weight and performance.

Carbon Fibers

The spread of spread tow

Advancing from “lighter and thinner” to boosting strength, stiffness, impact resistance and productivity, spread tow unlocks new applications and markets.

Carbon Fibers

TeXtreme introduces ±45° fabric

TeXtreme has launched a new ±45° spread tow-based fabric called Spread Tow Grid.

Consumer

TeXtreme used in next generation of bandy sticks

Inxide and Eventsport collaborate to develop a new bandystick reinforced with spread tow carbon fiber from Oxeon.

Carbon Fibers

Cevotec now offers tapes for AFP/ATL

Cevotec’s cevoTape carbon fiber tape for automated placement processes is now commercially available.

Carbon Fibers

Cevotec dry-fiber bindered tape available for automated placement

Manufacturer of SAMBA automated placement systems offers high-quality material aimed to make series CFRP production economical for non-aerospace applications.

Carbon Fibers

Faction Skis feature TeXtreme spread tow fabrics

Each Prime 4.0 ski from Faction Skis weighs just 1740g and is optimized for high-performance, technical skiing.

Carbon Fibers

Composite chef’s knife a chef d’oeuvre

A while back I blogged about a luxurious version of a champagne flute, via carbon fiber and gold. The designer, Ragnar Friberg, is at it again, this time with a composite take on the chef’s knife.

Marine

IBEX 2017 show report

Increased attendance and exhibitors despite Irma, continued delivery of latest in composite technologies for marine industry.