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Prepregs

AVK announces winners of 2020 Innovation Awards

Several sustainable composite innovations were recognized and awarded in the Innovative Products/Applications, Innovative Processes and Research and Science categories.

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ATL/AFP

Firefly Aerospace to automate composite rocket production with Ingersoll AFP machine

The company plans to transition manufacture of its Alpha and Beta all-composite launch vehicles to automated fiber placement starting in 2021.
#space

Thermoplastics

Moving forward on the Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator (MFFD)

Clean Sky 2’s MFFD program continues to move toward its goal of delivering a welded, thermoplastic composite fuselage demonstrator using next-generation manufacturing processes.
#cleansky #nextgenaerospace #feature

Aerospace

Victrex, Daher, attain next-gen thermoplastic aircraft panel milestone

The developed panel is a 176-ply laminate, 32-millimeter-thick composite structure and uses Victrex AE 250 PAEK-based thermoplastic composites.   
#nextgenaerospace #paek #outofautoclave

Prepregs

Leveraging towpreg to reduce the cost of CMC

High-denier, spread-tow Nextel 610 fiber and novel alumina matrix enable AFP production of Ox-Ox ceramic matrix composites.
#bmi #boeing #polyimide

Electroimpact AFP head carbon fiber placement

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.
#layup #airbus #boeing

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Videos / Podcasts

Additive Manufacturing

Using sensor data to improve composite parts and processes

nebumind software builds digital twins from manufacturing data to trace defects, compare manufactured parts, qualify processes, develop tolerance windows for process monitoring and more.
#composites4_0

ATL/AFP

Combining AFP with 3D printing for flexible parts production

Electroimpact creates a multifunctional manufacturing cell for complex, aero-quality continuous fiber composite parts.
#feature

ATL/AFP

Addcomposites and Effman partner to provide AFP cells for SMEs

Aim is affordable, enclosed composites manufacturing cells for many different processes (AFP, grinding, buffing, sanding, drilling) in North American market. 
#automation

Additive Manufacturing

Electroimpact’s 6-axis continuous fiber 3D printer, one part of future multi-functional manufacturing cell

The Scalable Composite Robotic Additive Manufacturing (SCRAM) system 3D prints with continuous fiber tape or filament and seamlessly swaps end effectors for large-scale pellet deposition and CNC machining.
#trends #outofautoclave #paek

Aerospace

Conbility: Mass production of composite tape laminates

RWTH Aachen spin-off scales up production for low-cost, in-situ consolidated composites as inserts for lighter, cheaper injection-molded parts.
#trends #composites4_0 #continuousfiberAM

Prepregs

Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

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?
#a350 #airbus #infrastructure

ATL/AFP

Remotely installing an AFP system amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

Addcomposites has completed remote installation of AFP-XS for Regional Institute of Advanced Materials (IRMA) in France.

Prepregs

AVK announces winners of 2020 Innovation Awards

Several sustainable composite innovations were recognized and awarded in the Innovative Products/Applications, Innovative Processes and Research and Science categories.
#automation

Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace to automate composite rocket production with Ingersoll AFP machine

The company plans to transition manufacture of its Alpha and Beta all-composite launch vehicles to automated fiber placement starting in 2021.
#space

Aerospace

Victrex, Daher, attain next-gen thermoplastic aircraft panel milestone

The developed panel is a 176-ply laminate, 32-millimeter-thick composite structure and uses Victrex AE 250 PAEK-based thermoplastic composites.   
#nextgenaerospace #paek #outofautoclave

Aerospace

FRAMES: Full-scale thermoplastic composite aircraft rear-end demonstrator

Clean Sky 2 project led by ESTIA-Compositadour will develop enabling technologies for optimum rear fuselage and empennage.
#cleansky #nextgenaerospace

Prepregs

Addcomposites and Effman partner to provide AFP cells for SMEs

Aim is affordable, enclosed composites manufacturing cells for many different processes (AFP, grinding, buffing, sanding, drilling) in North American market. 
#automation

Thermoplastics

TPRC investigates AFP in-situ consolidation alternative

The two-step process involves deposition of thermoplastic prepreg via AFP, followed by vacuum-bag-only (VBO). Research has already been completed in the qualitative stage. 
#automation #outofautoclave

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CompoTech launches standard range for carbon finer epoxy beams

Produced via AFP and precision press molded results in a high-strength carbon epoxy composite beam with 10-15% higher stiffness in the axial direction.
#precursor #continuousfiberAM #autoclave

Fabrics/Preforms

Grid/skin structures explained

Composites expert and veteran Stephen Tsai and automated tape and fiber placement specialist MTorres have published “Composite Double-Double and Grid/Skin Structures: Low Weight/Low Cost Design and Manufacturing,” a design and manufacturing guide for the fabrication of grid-stiffened composite structures.

ATL/AFP

Web Industries releases brochures highlighting aerospace composites solutions

The downloadable brochures highlight Web’s automation development center and its suite of aerospace solutions.

Carbon Fibers

Broetje-Automation enlarges AFP portfolio for serial composite production

The STAXX product line of automated fiber placement (AFP) machining centers is designed for both thermoplastic and thermoset composite applications.
#layup #composites4_0 #cuttingtools

Thermoplastics

Mikrosam automates thermoplastic composites with toolless multi-robot placement system

Mikrosam (Prilep, Macedonia) introduces an automated process for fabrication of thermoplastic composites without the use of molds or tools.
#autoclave #layup

Thermoplastics

JEC World 2019 preview: Victrex and Coriolis

Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, U.K., 5/S29) and Coriolis Composites (Queven, France, 6/A32) are announcing cooperative work they did with thermoplastic unidirectional tape (TP UDT) prepreg lay-up and consolidation to improve the manufacturing efficiency of composite parts.
#paek #layup #outofautoclave