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Published: 6/4/2018

How is tow spread?
ITA characterizes tow spreading processes and parameters as it develops new technology to speed production (100 m/min) and reduce width variation (<1mm).

Published: 3/29/2018

Thermoplastic composites: Past the tipping point?
The manufacturing world watched a decade ago as automatically placed thermoset composite tapes replaced aluminum in commercial airframes and made composites a household word in markets around the world. Has the time come for thermoplastic compo...

Published: 2/27/2018

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 2
Thermoplastic composite structures could eliminate the autoclave and fasteners, but will a one- or two-step process prevail?

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

Thermoplastic composite demonstrators — EU roadmap for future airframes
There is a TPC development roadmap in Europe, supported by Airbus and a variety of aerospace consortia, and involving almost every major aerostructures supplier in Europe.

Published: 12/27/2017

Driving down costs: Technologies to follow in 2018
Cost drives most decisions about composites use, but most innovation now focuses beyond material cost.  

Published: 8/18/2017

CAMX 2017 preview: Mikrosam
Mikrosam (Prilep, Macedonia) is emphasizing automation equipment for fiber and tape placement, with multiple exchangeable heads.

Published: 7/28/2017

CAMX 2017 show preview
At North America’s premier composites conference and exhibition, the business at hand is definitely not business as usual. 

Published: 7/23/2017

CAMX 2017 preview: FARO Technologies
FARO Technologies Inc. is exhibiting its TracerM laser projector, a versatile, scalable and flexible solution that can handle small- to-large volume applications.

Published: 7/21/2017

CAMX 2017 preview: CGTech
CGTech (Irvine, CA, US) is demonstrating the latest version of its VERICUT Composites Applications.