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Thermoplastics

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.

Aerospace

Curved pultrusions enter production

Corvette CFRP rear bumper beam is the auto industry’s first use of new technology.

Carbon Fibers

The evolution of composites in NASCAR

The growing role of carbon fiber in stock car racing.

Aerospace

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 1: Feedstock

Highly-aligned, short-fiber Tailorable Universal Feedstock for Forming achieves aerospace properties, metal-like formability in zero-waste, fiber-to-parts pilot plant.

Consumer

Greener camping: Sonic X breaks barriers

Prototype travel trailer generates excitement, leads to new commercial models.

Aerospace

Automation options arise for labor-intensive composites

Typically labor-intensive fabrication processes have more automation options as new technology works in concert with operators to improve efficiency.

Fabrics/Preforms

CFRP preform technology is fast, flexible, efficient

Porsche racecar is first to sport part-via-preform technology.

Carbon Fibers

One-piece, one-cure, infused carbon fiber wheel is ready to roll

ESE Carbon Co.’s new carbon fiber wheel uses tailored fiber placement and custom presses to minimize waste and improve scalability.

Compression Molding

Overmolding on the cheap

Innovative injection/compression composites overmolding approach combines smaller injection molded inserts with compression molded parts.

Thermoplastics

Additive Molding promises mass-produced high-performance composites

Arris Composites introduces a patent-pending technology that manufactures high-performance thermoplastic composite components with a combination of additive manufacturing technology and high-speed compression molding. Has mass production of advanced composite components finally arrived?

Glass Fibers

3D printing continuous fiber on the desktop

Additive manufacturing technology company expands offerings to include high-performance composites.

Aerospace

Modular, mobile, multiple robotics poised to change the AFP/ATL paradigm

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is working on two multi-robot automated fiber and tape placement technologies that could change the paradigm in large-part aerocomposites manufacturing.

Prepregs

Carbon fiber/epoxy for automotive mass reduction, mass production

IACMI precompetitive research explores carbon fiber-reinforced prepreg, SMC with novel matrix for structural passenger-car applications.

Aerospace

Rocket module manufactured with in-situ consolidation survives first flight test

A carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRP) module developed at the Technical University of Munich survived its first launch — and a “hard landing” — in March.

Compression Molding

Compression presses keep evolving in response to composites innovation

Shorter, lighter, smaller footprint Fiberpress machines are ideal for facilities with lower ceilings, automated production lines.

Thermoplastics

Injection-forming for high-performance, unitized thermoplastic structures

Combining braided tape, overmolding and form-locking, herone produces one-piece, high-torque gear-driveshaft as demonstrator for broad range of applications.

Carbon Fibers

Acrylonitrile from biomass scales up

Affordable, sustainable, efficient manufacture of biomass-based acrylonitrile — the primary feedstock of carbon fiber production — is leaving the lab and entering the real world.

Carbon Fibers

Evolving AFP for the next generation

‘Aerospace quality at automotive pace’ is the mantra of the supply chain being developed for next-generation commercial aircraft. Automation is evolving to meet the challenge.

ATL/AFP

Spirit AeroSystems debuts next-generation composite fuselage panel

The 18-by-12-foot (5.5-by-3.7-meter) demonstrator panel debuted at the Paris Air Show features integrated skin and stringers and offers substantial cost savings combined with strong performance attributes.

Carbon Fibers

Split tow carbon fiber boosts SMC performance

Pre-spread, pre-scored tow band provides better fiber dispersion, wetout, molding properties.

Machining/Drilling

Fusing waterjet, laser for efficiency in CFRP/CMC machining

Laser MicroJet technology offers high accuracy and speed without heat issues, burring or replacement of cutting tools.

Design/Simulation

Reusable vacuum bags go digital

CAD-guided casting boosts precision, utility of reusable vacuum bags.

Prepregs

Zero-waste: New process, equipment recycles prepreg, tape offal

Technology provides sustainable approach to reusing valuable thermoplastic scrap in chips-based laminate.

Carbon Fibers

Proving viability of dry fabrics, infusion for large aerostructures

Danobat’s ADMP is used to produce a wing demonstrator with non-crimp fabrics.