CARBON FIBERS

Carbon Fibers

Arevo launches direct-to-customer 3D-printed bicycle

The Superstrata brand features a fully unibody carbon fiber/polyamide frame manufactured using Arevo’s direct deposition additive manufacturing process.

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Editor-in-Chief, CompositesWorld

Prepregs

Strata delivers 100 shipsets of inboard flaps for Airbus A350-900

Strata assumes fabrication and assembly duties for inboard flaps production and plans to incorporate HDF and ATL machines into the process.
#a350 #automation #airbus

Prepregs

Conbility: Mass production of composite tape laminates

RWTH Aachen spin-off scales up production for low-cost, in-situ consolidated composites as inserts for lighter, cheaper injection-molded parts.
#composites4_0 #continuousfiberAM #automation

Design/Simulation

Engineering Technology launches servo tensioner for filament winding

The ST2 system, tested with pitch carbon fiber and alumina fiber, enables high-speed wet, dry and towpreg winding.
#weaving

Automotive

Setforge, 9T Labs collaborate to replace metal part production with composites

The substitution, enabling Setforge’s serial production of CFRP components, will be aided by 9T Lab’s Red Series technology.
#sustainability #continuousfiberAM

The making of carbon fiber

The making of carbon fiber

A look at the process by which precursor becomes carbon fiber through a careful (and mostly proprietary) manipulation of temperature and tension.
#Composites101 #sustainability #weaving

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Videos / Podcasts

Carbon Fibers

Conbility: Mass production of composite tape laminates

RWTH Aachen spin-off scales up production for low-cost, in-situ consolidated composites as inserts for lighter, cheaper injection-molded parts.
#composites4_0 #continuousfiberAM #automation

Thermoplastics

Swinburne University and CSIRO's Industry 4.0 Testlab for Composite Additive Manufacturing 

Australia and Germany collaborate to build Composites 4.0 production line for competitive advantage in next-gen manufacturing and workforce.
#outofautoclave #autoclave #layup

Prepregs

Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?
#a350 #airbus #infrastructure

Construction

Carbon fiber-reinforced concrete accelerates in Germany

TU Dresden and C3 – Carbon Concrete Composite demonstrator aims to reduce concrete material use by 50% and CO2 emissions by up to 70%; Hitexbau touts high-volume automated production for carbon fiber textile grids.
#regulation #sustainability #trends

Testing

Successful tower extension test for James Webb space telescope

The test ensured the tower extensions on NASA’s composites-intensive telescope would keep the structure cool enough to detect infrared light. 
#space #northropgrumman

Curing

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.
#adhesives #airbus #cuttingtools

Automotive

CFIP reinforces material with continuous carbon fibers post-process.

Continuous Fiber Injection Process (CFIP) technology works with additive manufacturing to strengthen plastics, metals and ceramics, creating complex-shaped-composites and high-strength joints.  
#nextgenaerospace #continuousfiberAM #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

Arevo launches direct-to-customer 3D-printed bicycle

The Superstrata brand features a fully unibody carbon fiber/polyamide frame manufactured using Arevo’s direct deposition additive manufacturing process.
#continuousfiberAM

ATL/AFP

Strata delivers 100 shipsets of inboard flaps for Airbus A350-900

Strata assumes fabrication and assembly duties for inboard flaps production and plans to incorporate HDF and ATL machines into the process.
#a350 #automation #airbus

Filament Winding

Engineering Technology launches servo tensioner for filament winding

The ST2 system, tested with pitch carbon fiber and alumina fiber, enables high-speed wet, dry and towpreg winding.
#weaving

Automotive

Setforge, 9T Labs collaborate to replace metal part production with composites

The substitution, enabling Setforge’s serial production of CFRP components, will be aided by 9T Lab’s Red Series technology.

Aerospace

Diamond Aircraft introduces an all-carbon fiber DA50 RG aircraft

With an all-carbon fiber airframe, the aircraft offers several internal and external features for improved space, luxury, safety and efficiency. 

Carbon Fibers

Fiberline to supply carbon fiber profiles for Nordex Group wind blades

Denmark-based Fiberline says this transaction is its largest carbon fiber profile contract in the wind industry to date.

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Automotive

Toray introduces high tensile modulus carbon fiber and thermoplastic pellet

With a carbon fiber diameter of 7 microns, the Torayca T series balances cost performance with a high tensile modulus.   
#sustainability

Molds/Tools

Gurit features core materials, adhesives, resins, molds for wind, aerospace

Gurit is featuring its offerings and expertise for wind energy, composite tooling and lightweighting applications such as aerospace, rail, healthcare and marine. ​​​​​​
#adhesives #cyanateester #windblades

Carbon Fibers

Airbond introduces new range of carbon fiber splicers

Airbond is introducing a range of new rugged carbon fiber splicers said to reduce costs through saved time and waste elimination.

Carbon Fibers

TFP's new lightweight veils target high-temperature applications

The new polyimide and basalt veils are part of TFP’s OPTIVEIL range and have been developed specifically to expand TFP’s selection of high-temperature materials.
#adhesives #aramidfiber #polyimide

Carbon Fibers

Scott Bader launches resins, gelcoats, adhesives for structural applications

Crestabond M7-04 is the company’s latest primer-less MMA structural adhesive.
#adhesives #outofautoclave

Carbon Fibers

ITA RWTH Aachen University launches fiber-coating line, carbon fiber research

The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University is presenting innovations in glass and carbon fiber production at the joint stand of the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Construction.
#sizing #braiding #automation