CONSUMER

Processes

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.

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Defense

DSM introduces new UHMWPE fiber

Compared to DSM’s original Dyneema thermoplastic fiber products, Trosar addresses a wider range of high-performance applications.
#sustainability

Compression Molding

Tuplus introduces carbon fiber-reinforced polycarbonate suitcase

The highly durable suitcase, featuring front and back shells made with Covestro’s Maezio polycarbonate composite, was designed for low-cost production, high-volume production.

Consumer

Boron fiber: The original high-performance fiber

History and future developments for high-performance boron fiber.
#bmi #northropgrumman #marketing

Urban Air Mobility

AnalySwift launches VABS software on Altair Partner Alliance platform

VABS software enables cost-effective simulation for composite rotor blades, tubes and other slender composite structures. 
#infrastructure #windblades

carbon fiber composite camping trailer

Greener camping: Sonic X breaks barriers

Prototype travel trailer generates excitement, leads to new commercial models.
#marketing #electricvehicles #generalmotors

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Videos / Podcasts

Aerospace

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 #outofautoclave #cleansky

Marine

Composites Index contracts on weak backlogs

For February 2020, the Composites Index contracted slightly with a reading of 49.7.
#economics

Consumer

Episode 31: John Riendeau, Rhode Island Commerce

Rhode Island Commerce director of business development John Riendeau discusses how the state’s legacy experience in boat building has translated into expertise in new markets within the composites industry.
#aramidfiber #workforcedevelopment #windblades

Carbon Fibers

Britannia boat cradles manufactured with ELG recycled carbon fiber

ELG Carbon Fibre has processed more than 1.2 metric tonnes of INEOS Team UK’s carbon fiber waste materials to produce two cradles for the new race boat.
#outofautoclave

Curing

Corebon expands induction-based composites production into new facility

Results for cutting CFRP cycle time to be presented at Carbon Fiber 2019 conference.
#hprtm #adhesives #cuttingtools

Automotive

Renault F1 team chooses Plataine IIoT optimization system

Plataine’s AI-based IIoT sensor network enables real-time tracking of composite prepreg materials for the company’s F1 vehicles.
#layup #composites4_0

Epoxies

Disruptive composite tubing manufacturing

TUBETEC delivers high-performance, hollow composites in unimaginable shapes with beautiful surface finish, fast turn-around and affordability.
#aramidfiber #outofautoclave #braiding

Mass Transit

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.
#infrastructure #windblades #adhesives

Thermoplastics

Tuplus introduces carbon fiber-reinforced polycarbonate suitcase

The highly durable suitcase, featuring front and back shells made with Covestro’s Maezio polycarbonate composite, was designed for low-cost production, high-volume production.

Defense

AnalySwift launches VABS software on Altair Partner Alliance platform

VABS software enables cost-effective simulation for composite rotor blades, tubes and other slender composite structures. 
#infrastructure #windblades

Mass Transit

New Steering Committee named for the European Alliance for SMC BMC

With a focus on promotion and education of BMC and SMC across Europe, the association is looking toward its 2022 event.  

Aerospace

Engel, Fill develop automated cell for thermoplastic composites

The system combines a tape-laying cell with a consolidation unit to produce fit-for-purpose blanks with 15-30 tapes in 1-minute intervals. 

Aerospace

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.  

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Thermoplastics

DSM introduces new UHMWPE fiber

Compared to DSM’s original Dyneema thermoplastic fiber products, Trosar addresses a wider range of high-performance applications.
#sustainability

Aerospace

Dieffenbacher innovations focus on SMC, D-LFT

Dieffenbacher is presenting its solutions for tape laying, SMCs, D-LFT and wet molding technologies, as well as a new messaging and ticket system app.
#peek #sheetmoldingcompound

Consumer

New Hexcel materials target marine, automotive, sporting goods

Hexcel is showcasing new composites technologies and parts that have been developed for the marine, automotive and sport industries.
#adhesives #weaving #layup

Hi-Temp Resins

Toray structural resin system developed for high-end motorsports

The Toray TC346 prepreg resin system is said to have the highest combined Tg and high-temperature mechanical property retention available for the market.
#layup

Thermoplastics

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Toray Performance Materials

Toray Performance Materials Corp. is featuring its line of high-performance, high-volume, continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) composite materials.
#medical #weaving

Consumer

Xenia introduces CF/PP thermoplastic composite compounds

The XECARB 11 series of short carbon fiber-filled PP thermoplastic composite grades is designed for applications requiring a high modulus to density ratio.