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Published: 5/1/2018

The future of CFRP aerostructures assembly
Metrology, robotics and inline inspection cut cost, reduce shimming and enable future automated production of three vertical tail planes per day.

Published: 2/7/2018

McNair Aerospace Center: Closing the composites education gap
As the composites industry in South Carolina continues to expand through Boeing and its tier suppliers, composites education follows suit through the McNair Center.

Published: 1/29/2018

Improving composites processing with automated inspection
Automated, in-situ inspection bypasses the bottleneck of manual inspection.  

Published: 11/15/2017

Improving one-piece aerostructures by automating preforming
IAI’s fully automated “one-shot” RTM production line cuts helicopter seat cost 30% vs. hand layup prepreg.

Published: 9/12/2017

Rocket Lab all-composite Electron launch vehicle
New player scaling up two-stage rocket to relieve small-satellite launch backlog.

Published: 7/17/2017

Composite cases fuel commercial space venture
Launch vehicle supplier Orbital ATK is looking to break into the burgeoning commercial space market with a rocket motor that features an all-carbon fiber case.

Published: 7/12/2017

Variable-axial composites open path to lighter composite structures
CFRP recurve bow riser demonstrates design and manufacturing approach with potential to cut weight vs. aluminum by 50-75% while increasing strength and stiffness.

Published: 7/12/2017

Fiber-metal laminates in the spotlight
Interest in FMLs is growing again as aeroengineers search for lightweight solutions adaptable to new narrowbody commercial aircraft.

Published: 6/8/2017

RTM-based redesign advances safety for one-of-a-kind wind tunnel
Glass fiber and honeycomb spacers between compressor blades get upgraded to a higher factor of safety with less weight using solid carbon fiber and RTM.

Published: 2/20/2017

Machine vision: Rapid error detection
Aerospace-aimed ply placement technology evolves into process management and near-real time inspection system for production laminated composite parts.