VIDEOS

Consumer

BMW i develops first electrified wingsuit for human flight

Embodying a futuristic approach, the carbon fiber and aluminum wingsuit with its electric propulsion system is a concept that even airsports daredevils won’t be able to ignore.
#bmw

Poly/Vinyl Esters

Composite rebar for future infrastructure

GFRP eliminates risk of corrosion and increases durability fourfold for reinforced concrete that meets future demands as traffic, urbanization and extreme weather increase.
#insidemanufacturing #frprebar #infrastructure

Fabrics/Preforms

Flexible carbon fiber plates enable high-performance footwear

Carbitex’s flexible carbon fiber/thermoplastic composite plates use creative engineering to eliminate design compromises in athletic footwear.
#workinprogress

Energy Storage

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered HY4 aircraft takes flight

MAHEPA consortium demonstrates feasibility and advances toward liquid hydrogen tanks and scaling modular HY4 technology to new, emissions-free aircraft.

Thermoplastics

Multilayer thermoplastic tapes, AFP and resin infusion for more democratic composites

Novotech advances new materials and more affordable automated processes for small aircraft and beyond
#outofautoclave #pei #peek

Environmental testing completed for NASA James Webb telescope

Successful acoustic and sine-vibration testing ensures the composites-intensive space telescope will survive all of the harsh conditions associated with a rocket launch to space.
#space #northropgrumman

Construction

3D-printed prefab homes aim to disrupt construction market

California startup Mighty Buildings’ award-winning prefabricated building production process relies on large-format 3D printing, UV-curable resins, digital design and automation.
#trends #sustainability

Automotive

The markets: Automotive (2021)

Composites continue measured growth as the global automotive industry, driven by zero-emissions goals toward increased electrification, seeks to reduce vehicle weight and improve performance.
#iacmi #biomaterials #audi

Automotive

Manna Laminates organosheet laminate aims for automotive crash applications

Formtex organosheets are ideal for the manufacturing of structural and semi-structural automotive parts with high energy absorption, high impact resistance and additional multi-axial reinforcement.

Carbon Fibers

NAWA Technologies develops U.S. subsidiary to extend VACNT application scope

NAWA America’s immediate focus is to bring NAWAStitch to mass market, a thin film containing trillions of VACNT arranged perpendicular to the carbon fiber layers to reinforce the weakest part of a composite.
#carbonnanotubes #autoclave