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Published: 5/28/2020

Coriolis Composites and Edixia develop inline inspection for AFP
Video and discussion of how the sensor and software operate to boost composites productivity

Published: 5/26/2020

Hyperjoint: additive metal + composites = stronger, tougher joints
Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.

Published: 5/22/2020

Plant tour: Hexcel, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
The scale, precision, speed and quality of carbon fiber manufacture has evolved substantially since the material’s modern introduction in the late 1960s. Hexcel offers a glimpse of the state of the art today.

Published: 5/20/2020

Composite output shaft ready for automotive proving ground
Unlike automotive driveshafts, automotive output shafts cannot leverage shaft length as a factor when making the case for composites. Instead, other beneficial features have made a composite output shaft able to compete with metal shafts, especially...

Published: 5/13/2020

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming
Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.

Published: 5/8/2020

RAPM development with PtFS
Boeing-led program explores rapid part cycles using automated, 180-channel thermal control molding cell for infusion, thermoset prepreg and thermoplastic composites.

Published: 5/6/2020

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM
Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.

Published: 5/5/2020

Curve in the road: First curved pultruded auto parts
Thomas Technik + Innovation KG’s radius pultrusion process unlocks new possibilities for the automotive market and beyond.

Published: 4/27/2020

Tooling, precision enable composites in satellite subsystems
Tight tolerances drive design and engineering of large-format composite component and dishes to create unique satellite structures.

Published: 4/23/2020

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers
SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.