CONSUMER

Carbon Fibers

BMW i develops first electrified wingsuit for human flight

Embodying a futuristic approach, the carbon fiber and aluminum wingsuit with its electric propulsion system is a concept that even airsports daredevils won’t be able to ignore.

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Consumer

All-composite white cane improves mobility for visually impaired

The light weight, ergonomics and stiffness provided by the carbon fiber composite design enable a safer, easier to handle mobility solution.
#medical #application

Fabrics/Preforms

Flexible carbon fiber plates enable high-performance footwear

Carbitex’s flexible carbon fiber/thermoplastic composite plates use creative engineering to eliminate design compromises in athletic footwear.
#workinprogress

Mass Transit

Dynamic Modifiers introduces low-smoke, flame-retardant thermoplastic compound

Made for a wide range of markets, PAL...VersaCHAR addresses concerns surrounding traditional flame-retardant materials without sacrificing performance.

Carbon Fibers

Innovate UK grants NCC £355k to help achieve net zero future

Funding will investigate how composite materials can best be used in final products, mitigation of their environmental impact and overall sustainability. 
#sustainability

carbon fiber composite camping trailer

Greener camping: Sonic X breaks barriers

Prototype travel trailer generates excitement, leads to new commercial models.
#sustainability #weaving #marketing

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Videos / Podcasts

Consumer

BMW i develops first electrified wingsuit for human flight

Embodying a futuristic approach, the carbon fiber and aluminum wingsuit with its electric propulsion system is a concept that even airsports daredevils won’t be able to ignore.
#bmw

Thermoplastics

Flexible carbon fiber plates enable high-performance footwear

Carbitex’s flexible carbon fiber/thermoplastic composite plates use creative engineering to eliminate design compromises in athletic footwear.
#workinprogress

Consumer

Brightlands Materials Center advances continuous fiber 3D printing in Limberg Bike

Other composites innovations include recyclable CFRP connectors, interwoven Dynema/carbon fiber reinforcements and integrating damage sensors into the frame.
#sustainability

Consumer

Thermoplastic composites add light weight, durability to personal transport

The laptop-sized WALKCAR automatic people mover is constructed from Teijin thermoplastic carbon fiber composite materials.
#application

Aerospace

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 #trends

Carbon Fibers

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

Construction

Composites Index contracts on weak backlogs

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

Consumer

BMW i develops first electrified wingsuit for human flight

Embodying a futuristic approach, the carbon fiber and aluminum wingsuit with its electric propulsion system is a concept that even airsports daredevils won’t be able to ignore.
#bmw

Thermoplastics

Innovate UK grants NCC £355k to help achieve net zero future

Funding will investigate how composite materials can best be used in final products, mitigation of their environmental impact and overall sustainability. 
#sustainability

Consumer

Cobra International mass produces new composite canoes

Cobra’s manufacturing process for ARE Tahiti’s carbon fiber and glass/carbon fiber hybrid OC-1 canoe models enables production of up to 50 per month.

Carbon Fibers

Composite Recycling Technology Center launches recycled carbon fiber sports bench

The bench, launched with the remodel of a Washington-based aquatic center, is said to be durable and easy to clean for sports and aquatic facilities.
#sustainability

Thermoplastics

Loudspeaker membranes incorporate Stylight thermoplastic composite material

INEOS Styrolution’s StyLight Aesthetic S C245 carbon fiber sheet became the top material choice for a loudspeaker components manufacturing company due to its acoustic properties. 

Defense

RAMPF opens new composite solutions facility

The extended size and layout of the Ontario, Michigan, factory features state-of-the-art infrastructure for the production of carbon fiber and glass fiber composite parts. 

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Aerospace

Dynamic Modifiers introduces low-smoke, flame-retardant thermoplastic compound

Made for a wide range of markets, PAL...VersaCHAR addresses concerns surrounding traditional flame-retardant materials without sacrificing performance.

Glass Fibers

Lanxess thermoplastic material targets high flame-retardant properties

Tepex continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites variants with a PA6 matrix are certified as UL 94 V-0 and retain a high degree of strength, rigidity and energy absorption.

Epoxies

CompoTech launches standard range for carbon finer epoxy beams

Produced via AFP and precision press molded results in a high-strength carbon epoxy composite beam with 10-15% higher stiffness in the axial direction.
#precursor #continuousfiberAM #autoclave

Design/Simulation

TFP highlights basalt veil and intumescent fire protection materials

Technical Fibre Products’ basalt veil is ideal for high-temperature performance, and its Technofire fire protection materials extensively protect underlying structures from heat.
#infrastructure

Consumer

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

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