RTM

Epoxies

Automotive composites: Thermosets for the fast zone

Epoxies continue to be developed for faster cure to meet automotive production rates.
#marketing #automation #outofautoclave

Automotive

Automated preform process boosts properties and cuts cycle time

Fiber Patch Placement (FPP) achieves optimized fiber orientation for up to 150% increase in stiffness and reduced cycle time, weight and material waste.
#discontinuousfiber #airbus #layup

RTM

In-mold sensors: In-situ process monitoring for RTM

Technology for monitoring the molding process from within the mold cavity, a practice familiar to injection molders, is making an appearance in resin transfer molding.
#marketing #outofautoclave #cuttingtools

Injection/Overmolding

Thermosets vs. thermoplastics: Is the battle over?

Dale Brosius, the chief commercialization officer for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) and a regular CW columnist, sees a shift in the industry from infighting between proponents of thermoset and thermoplastic composites to a healthier competitive atmosphere that serves to make composites overall more competitive with legacy materials.
#iacmi #787 #boeing

RTM

Engel: Full speed ahead on composites R&D

CW attended the Engel Symposium 2015 and visited its Technology Center for Lightweight Composites in St. Valentin, Austria.
#bmw #hprtm #outofautoclave

RTM

Schuler composite press in operation at National Composites Centre

This press is producing parts within less than five minutes.
#adhesives #outofautoclave #hprtm

Fabrics/Preforms

The rise of HP-RTM

Decades of development have propelled it to prominence but its future demands industrial solutions for handling cost, complexity and process control.
#cuttingtools #bmw #outofautoclave

Design/Simulation

Virtual process chain + online process monitoring = first-time-right manufacturing

Co-authors Dr. Michael Bruyneel, Marc Attar and Dr. Christian Brauner (Siemens PLM Software, Liège, Belgium) illustrate the benefits of manufacturing simulation software in virtual trials of molding processes, using resin transfer molding as a reference.
#layup #outofautoclave

CAMX Expo

HP-RTM on the rise

Decades of development have propelled it to prominence but its future demands industrial solutions for handling cost, complexity and process control.
#camx #bmw #hprtm

ATL/AFP

Looking for Lindberghs

Every paradigm-shifting invention throughout human history has been met with skepticism. CW editor-in-chief Jeff Sloan says the composites industry has need of those willing to attempt what most believe impossible.