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Airbag housing prototype puts 3D-printed composites to the test
A feasibility study demonstrated the cost- and time-saving potential of replacing a part’s current materials and processes with additive manufacturing.
Satellite deployer redesign supported by 3D-printed composites
A Scottish technology company employs additive manufacturing and CRP Technology composite materials for a lighter, more manufacturable PocketQube deployer.
SpaceAM announces preliminary lineup for September event
A conference and exhibition highlighting the use of advanced materials in space technology is scheduled to take place Sept. 15-16, 2020 in Leicester, U.K.
Composites suppliers, fabricators respond to coronavirus
Companies across the composites industry supply chain share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting their businesses, and how they are available to help.
CRP Technology’s Windform FR2 is a glame-retardant glass fiber for selective laser sinter
The glass fiber material is suitable for aerospace applications, automotive parts (casings of electrical and electronic components, housing and enclosure assemblies), consumer goods (lighting, appliances) or any part that requires flame retardancy.
3D printing, composite materials enable motorsports design flexibility
A collegiate Formula SAE racing team used Windform carbon fiber-filled composite materials and laser sintering technology to streamline part design.
The markets: Sports and recreation (2020)
The use of lightweight and high-performance materials in sports equipment continues to increase.
Flame-retardant composite developed for additive manufacturing
CRP Technology’s Windform FR1 is a carbon fiber-filled flame retardant material for use with laser sintering.
Additive manufacturing speeds wind tunnel model creation
A new composite material was developed to 3D-print a helicopter model that met structural needs while providing flexibility for fast reproduction.
CRP Technology revises commercial strategy for Windform materials
CRP Technology has announced that it will no longer sell its Windform composite materials to service bureaus for the toll-manufacture of 3D printing components.
3D printing for a Bonneville run
As a former (amateur vintage) racer myself, I appreciate all things motorsports. CRP USA LLC (Mooresville, NC, US), the maker of Windform SLS 3D printing materials as well as provider of custom additive manufacturing and machining services, sent me a case study of a motorsports team that recently set a new class record at the Bonneville Salt Flats, thanks to the fast part production possible with 3D printing.
New 3D-printed front air inlet made with Windform composite materials
CRP Technology recently developed a new front air inlet for a Moto3 racing customer, which was manufactured in Windform materials by using an SLS additive manufacturing technique.
3D-printed hybrid golf club head scores
Multi-material blend joins composite, titanium and brass.
Additive manufacturing a new frontier for composites
Leading additive manufacturing authority Terry Wohlers (Wohlers Associates Inc., Ft. Collins., Colo.) comments on two decades of AM progress and AM's prospects as a composites manufacturing solution.
The rise of rapid manufacturing
An outgrowth of rapid prototyping, tool-free additive fabrication technologies have the potential to form small, limited-run composite parts directly from CAD data.
2008 SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition
The annual gathering of automotive composites experts revealed significant effort to make composites more affordable and efficient and mold cycle times faster.
Prototyping and manufacturing by additive fabrication
Additive fabrication (AF) technology, such as laser sintering (LS) and fused deposition modeling (FDM), encompasses a wide range of applications. The earliest was rapid prototyping to support design, concept modeling, fit/function testing, and pattern making without the need to construct expensive tooling for prototypes and test articles. Manufacturers also are using AF to produce jigs, fixtures, drill guides, and other manufacturing and assembly tools.
Rapid Manufacturing, Part II: Pioneer Applications
Harbingers of what could be a significant trend, these composites manufacturers demonstrate the potential of additive fabrication and several innovative materials in tool-free manufacture of complex components.
Rapid Manufacturing, Part I: The Technologies
An outgrowth of rapid prototyping, tool-free additive fabrication is shortening product development cycles for manufacturers of smaller, limited-run composite parts.
Focus on Design: The promise of rapid manufacturing
Selective Laser Sintering technology and new materials abbreviate the design phase and produce a key part for a new motorcycle racing engine.