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Published: 7/4/2019

Index activity expands, led by production
The Composites Fabricating Index for May 2019 came in at 53.3, led higher by production activity.

Published: 6/26/2019

Nanomaterials: Products, supply chain mature for next-gen composites
Development spans 3D and thermoplastic nanocomposites, nano-CMCs for hypersonics and nanomaterials safety and toxicity.

Published: 6/13/2019

Advancing multifunctional composite wings and fuselage structures
Flexible printed circuits and the Advanced Concepts for Aero‑Structures with Integrated Antennas and Sensors (ACASIAS) consortium.

Published: 6/6/2019

Spirit AeroSystems invests in qualification program with Toray prepreg
The world’s largest aerospace tier supplier seizes the opportunity to develop its own allowables for a carbon fiber prepreg, setting an important precedent.

Published: 5/20/2019

Index rises on surging new orders activity
The Composites Business Index moved higher in April 2019 due to strong acceleration in new orders activity.

Published: 5/14/2019

Measuring thermoplastic prepreg tape quality for part process control
Low-cost tests measuring dimensions, thermal behavior and consolidation predict CFRTP part quality.

Published: 5/7/2019

Space: The next frontier and battleground
CW Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sloan reflects on the goals outlined leaders for space travel at the 35th Space Symposium – exploration, commercial travel and military defense among them – and the role of composites in the ve...

Published: 5/6/2019

Index shows modest expansion on production and supplier delivery activity
The Composites Business Index moved lower in March as backlogs contracted, resulting from slowing of the previous month’s new orders growth and increased production activity.

Published: 5/2/2019

Fusing waterjet, laser for efficiency in CFRP/CMC machining
Laser MicroJet technology offers high accuracy and speed without heat issues, burring or replacement of cutting tools.

Published: 4/30/2019

Ballistic panels protect school
A composites manufacturer has developed military-grade pultruded panels that are being used to protect schools in case of violent intruders.