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Published: 1/29/2018

I want to say two words to you: “Thermoplastic tapes”
Thermoplastic tapes are not new to composites, but they soon will join the primary aerostructures material palette and could be their future.

Published: 1/29/2018

Consolidating thermoplastic composite aerostructures in place, Part 1
After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe.

Published: 12/20/2017

Where the art and science of braiding meet
A&P has made a name for itself as a braider, but the depth and breadth of its technical aptitude comes into sharp focus with a peek behind usually closed doors.

Published: 10/20/2017

Plant Tour: FiberCore Europe, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
From debond-proof bridges to cost-saving infrastructure rehab, InfraCore technology is establishing composites as the fourth major construction material.

Published: 10/18/2017

Composites and Industry 4.0: Where are we?
As the tide of the Fourth Industrial Revolution rolls in, how will composite manufacturers ride the wave?

Published: 9/20/2017

Reconfigurable tooling: Revolutionizing composites manufacturing
Shape-changing molds eliminate tooling for large 3D panels while automated assembly fixtures go modular, using metrology to reduce cost and shimming.

Published: 9/1/2017

Composites comfort wheelchair travelers
Long carbon fiber thermoplastics replace aluminum in more forgiving front casters. 

Published: 8/8/2017

Plant Tour: Fraunhofer ICT, Pfinztal, Germany
This wide-ranging research center works with government and industry to develop the best of polymer composite processing, across a range of technologies.

Published: 7/28/2017

Society of Plastics Engineers ACCE 2017 preview
The Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE, Bethel, CT, US) long-running Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) continues to draw a global crowd.

Published: 7/25/2017

CAMX 2017 preview: Thermwood
Thermwood Corp. (Dale, IN, US) is exhibiting its line of 3- and 5-axis CNC routers as well as its new Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) systems.