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Published: 1/29/2018

I want to say two words to you: “Thermoplastic tapes”
Thermoplastic tapes are not new to composites, but they soon will join the primary aerostructures material palette and could be their future.

Published: 1/29/2018

JEC World 2018 Preview
The JEC World trade show and conference, the largest composites event in the world, will be held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, near Charles de Gaulle airport, outside Paris, France.

Published: 1/29/2018

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 1
After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe.

Published: 12/20/2017

Where the art and science of braiding meet
A&P has made a name for itself as a braider, but the depth and breadth of its technical aptitude comes into sharp focus with a peek behind usually closed doors.

Published: 11/13/2017

Plant tour: Diamond Aircraft Austria, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Composites use among general aviation manufacturers is are far from unusual, but none apply them quite like this airframer does.

Published: 10/25/2017

Tackling the traceability of composite materials
Have you ever looked outside an airplane window during in-flight turbulence and wondered how strong the wings really are and how much load they can take?

Published: 10/18/2017

Composites and Industry 4.0: Where are we?
As the tide of the Fourth Industrial Revolution rolls in, how will composite manufacturers ride the wave?

Published: 9/28/2017

Space: Still the Final Frontier
In western Kentucky, August 21, in the path of a total eclipse of the sun, I put pen to paper....

Published: 9/20/2017

Reconfigurable tooling: Revolutionizing composites manufacturing
Shape-changing molds eliminate tooling for large 3D panels while automated assembly fixtures go modular, using metrology to reduce cost and shimming.

Published: 9/5/2017

Five more exciting months in composites for 2017
As I write this column, we in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing the “dog days of summer,” that period from early July until late August when outdoor temperatures and humidity are the highest, and, it seems, business activity is at...