INDUSTRY NEWS

PUBLISHED: 3/28/2019

GE installs its largest onshore wind turbine prototype

The company’s Cypress 5.3-megawatt prototype, installed in Wieringermeer, Netherlands, features a two-piece blade design and is said to enable larger rotors and versatility in locations.


PUBLISHED: 3/28/2019

Rock West Composites expands machining capability

The company’s new 5-axis CNC machine center has 5' x 10' x 4' of useable volume for working on large composite parts. 


PUBLISHED: 3/27/2019

Wichita State University receives $2 million grant to advance aerospace composites

The grant will fund equipment for a NIAR-led project aimed at developing protocols for AFP processes in manufacturing thermoplastic aircraft structures. 


PUBLISHED: 3/27/2019

Sikorsky-Boeing defense helicopter achieves first flight

The SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter is part of the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program and is the third aircraft to incorporate Lockheed Martin’s X2 defense technology.


PUBLISHED: 3/27/2019

Hexcel molding compound enables high-volume, zero-waste process

The company’s HexMC-i 2000 high-performance molding compound has been used to produce a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) transmission crossmember using a zero-waste process well-suited for high-volume manufacture. 


PUBLISHED: 3/26/2019

McLaren Composites Technology Centre delivers its first carbon fiber chassis prototype

The first carbon fiber MonoCell, the tub that forms the main structure of McLaren’s cars, has been shipped from the innovation center to the McLaren Production Centre where it will undergo crash testing.


PUBLISHED: 3/26/2019

Bye Aerospace expands eFlyer operations to larger hangar

The larger hangar, at Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado, houses the company’s full engineering and operations team as well as prototype programs like its eFlyer 2 electric aircraft (formerly Sun Flyer).


PUBLISHED: 3/25/2019

Arkema Inc. builds U.S. PEKK production plant

The plant, located near Mobile, Alabama, will produce Kepstan PEKK materials targeted for carbon fiber-reinforced parts in next-generation aircraft.


PUBLISHED: 3/25/2019

Markforged raises $82 million to expand product line

The continuous fiber composite 3D printing pioneer will use capital to accelerate mass production printers, global expansion and new materials, such as FR aerocomposites.


PUBLISHED: 3/22/2019

Luna Innovations acquires General Photonics

The acquisition adds General Photonics’ polarization measurement instruments to Luna’s portfolio of fiber optic-based technology in its Lightwave Division.


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