AUTOMOTIVE

Automotive

Optimization approach helps design lighter carbon fiber composites

Approach developed by Tokyo University of Science for manufacturing carbon fibers with optimized orientation and thickness achieves more than a 5% weight reduction in fiber-reinforced materials.

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Automotive

Jaguar Land Rover to develop hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle prototype

Based off the new Land Rover Defender, the FCEV concept will be a zero tailpipe emissions prototype, with testing scheduled for late 2021.
#electricvehicles

Automotive

Sigmatex approved for National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels funding

Industry-led program serves to increase Sigmatex’s CFRP capability and competitiveness relative to the changing needs of the automotive sector.

ATL/AFP

Axiom Materials announces narrow slit tow prepregs for electric, CNG and hydrogen-powered vehicles

High-temperature carbon fiber tow prepregs are compatible with AFP and filament winding processes for the development of large structural parts such as lithium-ion battery containers or pressure vessels.
#electricvehicles #hydrogen

Thermoplastics

ThermHex, EconCore invest in automated production for PP honeycomb sandwich, recycled PET products

Targeting recycled and high-performance thermoplastic options, automated R&D lines increase volume and speed for honeycomb, sandwich panel and finished part production.
#sustainability

On Automotive

On The Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, and More

An inside look at the Detroit Assembly Complex-Mack; a innovative approach to waste-free, two-tone painting; why a forging press is like an F1 car; and other automotive developments.

On Automotive: Signs of the Times

A close look at Toyota in a period of industry-wide transformation, what will drive on the Moon, calculate your carbon footprint, a look at the Ford Maverick and more

on Volvo, VW, McLaren, Lambo, Buick, and more

Volvo wants to become a green vehicle manufacturer. . .VW brings a new compact SUV the Taos. . .McLaren does clever things with air. . .Lambo Countach design. . .under the VW Caddy. . .the new Buick Envision. . . .

On Electric Pickups, Flying Taxis, and Auto Industry Transformation

Ford goes for vertical integration, DENSO and Honeywell take to the skies, how suppliers feel about their customers, how vehicle customers feel about shopping, and insights from a software exec

Videos / Podcasts

Consumer

Z-direction composite properties on an affordable, industrial scale

Boston Materials uses milled reclaimed carbon fibers to increase modulus, impact/delamination resistance and produce metals-like conductivity for EMI shielding, lightning strike protection, heat exchangers and more.
#trends #electronics #electricvehicles

Automotive

Episode 37: Ian Wilson, DASIS

Ian Wilson, CEO of Develop and Supply In-Sync (DASIS), talks about his history as a CNC specialist for Formula One and his introduction to composites manufacturing.
#trends #uas #electricvehicles

Molds/Tools

Mold release solutions for automotive composites

In this Digital Demo, Axel Plastics reviews mold cleaning, sealing and release solutions for leading use in automotive composites manufacturing processes, including SMC, BMC and RTM.
#outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Faurecia to supply CFRP tanks and hydrogen storage systems for Stellantis light commercial vehicles

Zero-emission fuel cell technology first available on Citroën, Opal and Peugeot vehicles with more to come.
#hydrogen

Automotive

Arrival EV producer becomes a Nasdaq-listed public company

Deliveries of composites-intensive EVs and expansion of global microfactory network set to ramp up, with first EVs due Q4 2021.
#electricvehicles

Carbon Fibers

Automated weaving system targets high-performance, high-volume applications

Startup WEAV3D Inc.’s technology produces highly tunable, woven lattice reinforcements for cost-effective, high-volume automotive composites and precast concrete applications.
#weaving #workinprogress #automation

Thermoplastics

ENLIGHTEN program launched to speed thermoplastic composites industrialization

Multi-scale modeling, testing, sensors and machine learning will advance understanding and algorithms to achieve process control and optimization for both aerospace and automotive supply chains.
#paek #composites4_0

Aerospace

Optimization approach helps design lighter carbon fiber composites

Approach developed by Tokyo University of Science for manufacturing carbon fibers with optimized orientation and thickness achieves more than a 5% weight reduction in fiber-reinforced materials.

Automotive

Jaguar Land Rover to develop hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle prototype

Based off the new Land Rover Defender, the FCEV concept will be a zero tailpipe emissions prototype, with testing scheduled for late 2021.
#electricvehicles

Carbon Fibers

Sigmatex approved for National Manufacturing Competitiveness Levels funding

Industry-led program serves to increase Sigmatex’s CFRP capability and competitiveness relative to the changing needs of the automotive sector.

Carbon Fibers

Axiom Materials announces narrow slit tow prepregs for electric, CNG and hydrogen-powered vehicles

High-temperature carbon fiber tow prepregs are compatible with AFP and filament winding processes for the development of large structural parts such as lithium-ion battery containers or pressure vessels.
#electricvehicles #hydrogen

Core

ThermHex, EconCore invest in automated production for PP honeycomb sandwich, recycled PET products

Targeting recycled and high-performance thermoplastic options, automated R&D lines increase volume and speed for honeycomb, sandwich panel and finished part production.
#sustainability

Automotive

SPE issues call for innovation award nominations, introduces new category

To commemorate 50 years of plastics innovation and the challenges faced this past year, the SPE Automotive Division has revealed a new “Automotive Plastics Industry Solutions for COVID-19,” category, and new events.

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Energy Storage

EconCore thermoplastic honeycomb cores deliver high-heat performance, facilitates recyclability

Honeycomb cores incorporate Sabic NORYL GTX resin for improved dimensional stability, lower water absorption and demonstration of thermoset composite skin compatibility.

Automotive

Trelleborg unveils high-temperature castable epoxy tooling material

Low-density TC350 epoxy board supports the creation of tooling in a range of sizes and complexities for carbon fiber, PP and GFRP parts.

Automotive

New thermoset matrix resin offers fast, low-temp, tunable cure

HARP Rapid is a new thermoset resin chemistry for liquid molding processes that offers a fast, tunable cure profile, and a Tg that exceeds the material’s cure temperature.
#hprtm #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Manna Laminates FEATURE organosheet laminate targets EMS applications

Fiber-metal laminate (FML) can be thermoformed in the injection or compression mold, possesses ideal characteristics for electric vehicle applications.

Automotive

Farécla polishing and finishing compounds offer improved finishes and application ease

Norton|Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ Farécla line is designed to enhance shine on painted surface, gel coats and wood lacquers, and can be applied to finished composites.

Construction

Dynamic Modifiers introduces low-smoke, flame-retardant thermoplastic compound

Made for a wide range of markets, PAL...VersaCHAR addresses concerns surrounding traditional flame-retardant materials without sacrificing performance.