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Published: 9/20/2019

Airborne, NCC to develop AFP data warehouse architecture
Using the National Composites Centre’s Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machine, the project will develop a data warehouse to connect automation with digitalization and enable Industry 4.0.

Published: 7/31/2019

Airbus selects MSC Software's MaterialCenter platform
The software platform will enable Airbus to more easily manage material workflow from one database across divisions.

Published: 7/26/2019

Addcomposites introduces plug & play AFP/ATL for cost-effective composites manufacturing
New AFP-XS turns any robotic arm into an automated composites manufacturing system.

Published: 7/24/2019

EU project “ComMUnion” develops industrial process for hybrid metal and polymer-matrix composites
Laser textured steel is joined with continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic stiffeners using  laser-assisted tape placement for joined structure without adhesives.

Published: 6/24/2019

National Composites Centre purchases Coriolis C5 robotic gantry AFP
Developed for rate production of large, complex composite structures, C5 will be part of world’s most advanced, flexible dry-fiber deposition cell.

Published: 6/16/2019

Spirit AeroSystems debuts next-generation composite fuselage panel
The 18-by-12-foot (5.5-by-3.7-meter) demonstrator panel debuted at the Paris Air Show features integrated skin and stringers and offers substantial cost savings combined with strong performance attributes.

Published: 5/17/2019

NIAR begins construction on new ATL, AFP lab
The Advanced Laboratory for Aerospace System (ATLAS) will develop manufacturing protocols for automated fiber placement (AFP) and automated tape laying (ATL) for aircraft systems.

Published: 5/10/2019

TxV Aero Composites complies with AS9100 standards
The aerospace supplier has received AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015 certifications for its automated thermoplastic composite part manufacturing facility.

Published: 4/30/2019

Spirit AeroSystems acquires robotic Electroimpact AFP machine
The new machine, featuring an upgraded AFP head said to place material more than twice as fast as traditional machines, will be devoted to research and development.

Published: 3/27/2019

Wichita State University receives $2 million grant to advance aerospace composites
The grant will fund equipment for a NIAR-led project aimed at developing protocols for AFP processes in manufacturing thermoplastic aircraft structures.