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Published: 5/1/2018

Additive manufacturing: Big and going commercial
A demonstration of large-format 3D printing delivers parts for an excavator cab, from CAD data to ready for assembly, in only five hours.

Published: 3/22/2018

Fast and Faster: Rapid-cure resins drive down cycle times
New systems include sub-1-minute cures ideal for higher automotive production volumes.

Published: 2/21/2018

Carbon fiber has designs on production wheels
A high-performance CFRP wheel manufacturer for nearly 20 years, Dymag is now part of a broader effort to reduce their cost and migrate them into volume vehicles.

Published: 1/29/2018

Hybrid composite struts reduce vehicle weight, improve handling
Pultruded carbon/glass fiber composite underbody stiffeners move into medium-volume Mercedes-AMG production vehicles.  

Published: 11/16/2017

Large, Class A parts every 60-150 seconds
Romeo RIM advances long fiber injection process efficiency for lighter, lower-cost composite parts.

Published: 11/13/2017

Reversible multi-material adhesive bonds
Ferromagnetic nanoparticles in thermoplastic adhesives make it possible to debond and rebond adhesive joints, using electromagnetic energy.

Published: 11/7/2017

Audi R8 seat wall: A prelude to production
Audi takes it upon itself to design and develop carbon fiber composite structures that, the company hopes, will enter high-rate production.

Published: 9/27/2017

Fraunhofer ICT in-mold pressure sensors for HP-RTM
Pressure sensor-based mold fill expected to maximize part consistency and minimize cycle time for auto industry molders.

Published: 9/18/2017

SMC + D-LFT: A hybrid box for the Gen 2 Ridgeline
D-LFT optimizes vertical component functionality while first use of weatherable SMC eliminates paint, reduces mass and stands up to tough-duty use.

Published: 5/16/2017

3D TPC structural preforming process lightens car doors in volume process
Automated cell manufactures and pre-impregnates continuous-fiber 3D preforms for injection/compression overmolding of parts with complex shapes, and tailored structural properties.