AUTOMOTIVE

Design/Simulation

Porsche, Bcomp collaborate on racing car with all-natural fiber composite bodywork

The Cayman 718 GT4 CS delivers a full natural fiber composite bodywork kit for the Four Motors racing team at the 24 Hours Nürburgring race.

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Automotive

Plastic Omnium supplies composite hydrogen storage tanks for MissionH24 cars

Plastic Omnium’s Type IV overwrapped carbon fiber tanks will be subjected to highly demanding operating conditions in terms of speed, refueling frequency and temperature.
#trends

Prepregs

Toray expands high-performance composite tooling supply in U.S.

The Toray AmberTool HX56 composite tooling prepregs will be fully stocked in the central U.S. enhancing the speed of supply and regional availability. Products are available as of Sept. 22, 2020.
#workforcedevelopment

Automotive

EV battery enclosure inspires material, process innovations

High unit volume and low weight requirements for electric bus battery enclosures fueled development of TRB Lightweight Structures’ specialized epoxy system and automated composites production line.
#electricvehicles #automation #focusondesign

Carbon Fibers

Classic Recreations uses carbon fiber for GT500CR Mustang

Classic Recreations’ limited-edition Shelby GT500CR Carbon Edition cars is said to mark the first extensive use of carbon fiber in an American muscle car.
#weaving #ford

SMC + D-LFT: A hybrid box for the Gen 2 Ridgeline

SMC + D-LFT: A hybrid box for the Gen 2 Ridgeline

D-LFT optimizes vertical component functionality while first use of weatherable SMC eliminates paint, reduces mass and stands up to tough-duty use.
#focusondesign #honda #toyota

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Videos / Podcasts

Consumer

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

Infusion

Swinburne University and CSIRO's Industry 4.0 Testlab for Composite Additive Manufacturing 

Australia and Germany collaborate to build Composites 4.0 production line for competitive advantage in next-gen manufacturing and workforce.
#trends #outofautoclave #pekk

Consumer

CFIP reinforces material with continuous carbon fibers post-process.

Continuous Fiber Injection Process (CFIP) technology works with additive manufacturing to strengthen plastics, metals and ceramics, creating complex-shaped-composites and high-strength joints.  
#nextgenaerospace #continuousfiberAM #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.
#autoclave #automation #boeing

Aerospace

National Composites Centre leads dismantlable joints research

Adhesive additive technology is reported to make composite parts easier to dismantle, maintain and recycle.
#trends #adhesives #sustainability

Defense

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers

SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.
#trends #sustainability #boeing

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing large composite molds with a 5-axis CNC machine

Hungarian manufacturer uses CEAD Robot Extruder to cut composite tooling time and cost.
#cuttingtools #layup #application

Automotive

Porsche, Bcomp collaborate on racing car with all-natural fiber composite bodywork

The Cayman 718 GT4 CS delivers a full natural fiber composite bodywork kit for the Four Motors racing team at the 24 Hours Nürburgring race.

Automotive

Plastic Omnium supplies composite hydrogen storage tanks for MissionH24 cars

Plastic Omnium’s Type IV overwrapped carbon fiber tanks will be subjected to highly demanding operating conditions in terms of speed, refueling frequency and temperature.
#trends

Automotive

Toray expands high-performance composite tooling supply in U.S.

The Toray AmberTool HX56 composite tooling prepregs will be fully stocked in the central U.S. enhancing the speed of supply and regional availability. Products are available as of Sept. 22, 2020.
#workforcedevelopment

Design/Simulation

Classic Recreations uses carbon fiber for GT500CR Mustang

Classic Recreations’ limited-edition Shelby GT500CR Carbon Edition cars is said to mark the first extensive use of carbon fiber in an American muscle car.
#weaving #ford

Automotive

Mansory's Porsche Cayenne upgrade emphasizes carbon fiber

Mansory’s customized Porsche Cayenne includes several interior and exterior carbon fiber upgrades.

Design/Simulation

AZL begins multi-material battery casing project for electromobility

The eight-month joint development project will begin with a concept study for the final design and manufacture of the prototype. Interested companies can initiate participation until October 22, 2020.
#electricvehicles

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Aerospace

Kraibon elastomer improves adhesion and composite material properties

Gummiwerk KRAIBURG’s elastomer product protects against impact, directly adheres to materials, improves damping properties and more.
#adhesives

ATL/AFP

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

Automotive

Royal DSM presents glass-filled polypropylene granules for 3D printing

The glass-filled polypropylene (PP), optimized for fused granulated fabrication (FGF) is suitable for additive manufacturing of structural and demanding applications.
#infrastructure

Automotive

Kordsa expands thermoplastic prepreg lineup

The new woven prepregs are offered with polypropylene or polyamide resin matrices in sheets up to 1.2 by 1.2 meters.
#aramidfiber #cyanateester #weaving

Automotive

Toray introduces high tensile modulus carbon fiber and thermoplastic pellet

With a carbon fiber diameter of 7 microns, the Torayca T series balances cost performance with a high tensile modulus.   
#sustainability

Automotive

Cincinnati Inc. to offer BASF 3D printing materials for SAAM HT

BASF’s ABS plastic, carbon PET and recycled PET are now offered for use with Cincinnati Inc.’s Small Area Additive Manufacturing Machine.
#peek #precursor