New material, design, process combination approaches prepreg performance with chopped carbon fiber SMC.
GKN Aerospace’s carbon fiber thermoplastic aircraft rib design accomplishes 45-minute cycle times, reduced weight and competitive costs via a customized press system.
Replacing aluminum, a fiberglass/phenolic module reduces mass and NVH in a prototype structure and speeds assembly line installation.
Startup WEAV3D Inc.’s technology produces highly tunable, woven lattice reinforcements for cost-effective, high-volume automotive composites and precast concrete applications.
In-plane shearing of tows, versus in-plane bending of tows, hopes to take automated fiber placement directionality to new levels.
IACMI project trials inline production of thermoplastic tapes reinforced with textile-based PAN carbon fiber.
Invar facesheets and backing structures are candidates for large-format 3D printing to more quickly and efficiently produce aerostructures tooling.
CIDETEC matures 3R resins for aerospace applications via AIRPOXY program.
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Developed by Carnegie Mellon University, the ultralight, composites-intensive Iris nano-rover will make its lunar debut later this year.
Carbitex’s flexible carbon fiber/thermoplastic composite plates use creative engineering to eliminate design compromises in athletic footwear.
Three composite materials are used to create structural composite member that meets demanding mechanical requirements.
Additively manufactured cores, CFRP face skins produce large tools for prototype, low-volume aerostructure parts.
High-denier, spread-tow Nextel 610 fiber and novel alumina matrix enable AFP production of Ox-Ox ceramic matrix composites.
California-based fabricator ACPT Inc. worked with machine suppliers to build an innovative semi-automated production line featuring an automated filament winder.
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Vitrimers are not classic thermosets and they are not classic thermoplastics, but they behave like both and as such offer the best of both worlds. CW catches up with Mallinda for an explanation.
The U.S. Department of Defense is imposing new, strict rules on companies that supply composite parts and structures in a defense contract supply chain. Understanding and following those rules will not be trivial.
Ontario-based Research Casting International uses composites to build lightweight, durable dinosaur castings for museums around the world.
Fast-processing composites that are strong yet tough, thermoformable, reformable, recyclable and even FST-compliant save cost in aircraft and rail equipment.
Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?
Hybrid structural-reinforcement technology expands options, gains applications, markets.
Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.
Corvette CFRP rear bumper beam is the auto industry’s first use of new technology.
The growing role of carbon fiber in stock car racing.
Highly-aligned, short-fiber Tailorable Universal Feedstock for Forming achieves aerospace properties, metal-like formability in zero-waste, fiber-to-parts pilot plant.
Prototype travel trailer generates excitement, leads to new commercial models.
Typically labor-intensive fabrication processes have more automation options as new technology works in concert with operators to improve efficiency.