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Composites in the race to space
Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.
National Composites Centre unveils digital composites technologies
The U.K.’s National Composites Centre unveils new composites manufacturing technologies, marking the culmination of a two-year, £36.7m digitization project.
Compression RTM for production of future aerostructures
Automated preforming and 5-min resin infiltration show a way forward for lower-cost CFRP primary structures.
A digital approach to automation
One aerostructures manufacturer’s journey from hand layup to AFP.
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.
CGTech joins NIAR to support ATLAS research
CGTech's AFP/ATL programming and simulation software will be used to support ATLAS aerospace composites research at the National Institute of Aviation Research.
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.
Automated, in-situ inspection a necessity for next-gen aerospace
Inline inspection technologies continue to evolve with the aim of providing faster and more accurate part inspection.
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.
Smarter, integrated data for ATL/AFP
More than helping to eliminate dry runs and costly errors, AFP/ATL software is beginning to benefit the whole product lifecycle through the interconnectedness of the digital thread.
Spirit AeroSystems acquires robotic Electroimpact AFP machine
The new machine, featuring an upgraded AFP head said to place material more than twice as fast as traditional machines, will be devoted to research and development.
The first composite fuselage section for the first composite commercial jet
Spirit AeroSystems was an established aerospace supplier when it earned that distinction, winning the contract for the Boeing 787’s Section 41. Now its sights are set on the next generation of aircraft.
Improving composites processing with automated inspection
Automated, in-situ inspection bypasses the bottleneck of manual inspection.
Boeing begins 777X production
The Boeing company (Everett, WA, US) kicked off production of the 777X aircraft with a company ceremony on October 23. The “reveal” included a video of the composite wing spars.
Machine vision: Rapid error detection
Aerospace-aimed ply placement technology evolves into process management and near-real time inspection system for production laminated composite parts.
Cost-effective aerocomposites: Dry fiber AFP and resin infusion
Aurora Flight Sciences and NONA Composites aim to improve toughness, repeatable aerospace quality and affordability for large-scale NASA structures.
JEC World 2016, the full report
CompositesWorld's editors report on the technologies and products that caught our eye at JEC World 2016, in early March.
Automation: Robots taking off in commercial aircraft
Will this affordable and versatile class of multiaxis manufacturing hardware and software drivers enable airframers to reduce costs and speed deliveries?
AFP/ATL evolution: Dual-process workcells
Independent contractor and occasional CE columnist Carroll Grant draws attention to a recent phenomenon in the development of automated lamination equipment: machinery capable of operating interchangeable AFP and ATL heads.
Plant tour: ATK Aerospace Structures, Clearfield, Utah
High-volume, high-precision fiber and tape placement for the aerospace industry are among many specialties for this composites manufacturing behemoth.
Tooling up for larger launch vehicles
NASA and Janicki Industries demonstrate composites’ cost advantage in tooling for fabrication of 10m/33 ft diameter payload fairing for next-generation launch vehicle.