DEFENSE

Defense

Bell starts operations at new Manufacturing Technology Center

Composites and metals manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing and metrology will be undergirded by digital connectivity and digital twin to support affordable production of future vertical lift aircraft.
#automation #composites4_0

Defense

Kaman Composites Wichita announces contract with Boeing

Kaman Composites to manufacture the refueling boom assembly for the MH-47 program and expand facility to accommodate production scale.
#boeing

Defense

AeroVironment secures $5.9 million Puma 3 AE UAS contract award

Composite-intensive tactical UAV, offering surveillance and reconnaissance in maritime and land operations, to be delivered to European allied nation.
#uas

Defense

Arcturus UAV awarded $7 million task order for MEUAS program

Composite vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) JUMP 20 unmanned aircraft system is said to deliver true versatility and multi-mission capabilities to U.S. Special Operations Command and other customers.
#uas

Defense

Boeing Loyal Wingman uncrewed aircraft completes first flight

Successful test progresses Royal Australian Air Force’s teaming aircraft program. The Loyal Wingman has been manufactured from design to flight in three years.
#boeing

Defense

NSMSS and CRASTE 2021 event explores advanced materials and technologies for commercial space

The National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) and Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE) are two space-focused forums occurring June 21-24, 2021.
#space

Thermoplastics

Re:Build Manufacturing acquires Composite Resources

Massachusetts-based investment group Re: Build Manufacturing has acquired South Carolina-based fabricator Composite Resources.

Defense

GKN Aerospace to begin full-rate composite V-tail production for GA-ASI aircraft

New contract with GA-ASI to support RAF Protector/MQ-9B aircraft production at GKN’s Cowes, U.K., builds on 10-year company relationship.
#nextgenaerospace

Defense

Stratasys carbon fiber material for 3D printer line is more functional, lightweight and versatile

ABS-based carbon fiber material for the Stratasys F123 Series 3D printer line is 15% stronger and 50% stiffer compared to standard ABS.

Processes

NCC to play key role in U.K./Australian advanced materials collaboration

Funding announced for innovative proposals cover integration of composites, adhesives for structural joining, joining high-temperature structures and improving armor systems.