CURING

Curing

LEWCO presents enhanced-duty, vacuum-assisted composite curing oven

The composite oven, recently delivered to a U.S. military base, reaches a maximum temperature of 500°F and is used to cure vacuum-bagged composite aircraft parts.

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Compression Molding

Porosity, voids and bridging in prepreg autoclave and vacuum bag-only laminates

Consideration of materials, methods and systems explores ways to reduce potential surface porosity, voids, resin-rich areas, bridging and other flaws in composite laminates.
#bmi #troubleshooter

Curing

Episode 38: Alan Hiken, Kane Robotics

Alan Hiken, COO of Kane Robotics, talks about historic, current and future composites use in aircraft fuselage structures and the role of automation in next-gen manufacturing environments.
#777x #787 #trends

Compression Molding

Easy Composites appointed as exclusive U.K. distributor of Eco-Technilin natural fiber reinforcements

Eco-Technilin natural fiber product range offers woven, nonwoven, UD and prepreg reinforcement options that are more sustainable, affordable alternatives to traditional reinforcements like glass fiber.
#weaving

Carbon Fibers

Composites as auto-body reinforcements

Hybrid structural-reinforcement technology expands options, gains applications, markets.
#adhesives #workinprogress #electricvehicles

OOA composites in next-generation launch systems

OOA composites in next-generation launch systems

As United Launch Alliance ULA replaces Atlas and Delta with next-generation launch rockets under the Vulcan name, supplier Ruag Space has been selected to provide lower cost/improved quality out-of-autoclave fabrication of Vulcan’s composite primary structures. Ruag will manufacture 5.4m payload fairings and 400-series interstage adapters for ULA’s Atlas V rocket.
#cuttingtools #lockheedmartin #weaving

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Videos / Podcasts

ATL/AFP

Episode 38: Alan Hiken, Kane Robotics

Alan Hiken, COO of Kane Robotics, talks about historic, current and future composites use in aircraft fuselage structures and the role of automation in next-gen manufacturing environments.
#777x #787 #trends

Energy Storage

Contactless measurement of temperature, pressure in composites

Magnetic microwires enable contactless measurement of temperature and pressure during cure and in service.
#trends #composites4_0

Curing

C-FREX exoskeleton depends on CFRP for unpowered movement

C-FREX uses a novel design and CFRP to overcome the heaviness and weakness of metallic exoskeletons.
#insidemanufacturing #layup #autoclave

Infusion

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

Aerospace

Corebon expands induction-based composites production into new facility

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

Aerospace

Composites 4.0: digital assistants, edge computing and the future of smart factories

Plataine reviews developments and discusses where composites manufacturing is headed.
#infrastructure #layup #workforcedevelopment

ATL/AFP

Innovating energy delivery for more efficient composites manufacturing

Heraeus Noblelight develops HUMM3 and Black IR technologies for faster, safer, more uniform processing.
#cleansky #outofautoclave #peek

Natural Fibers

Easy Composites appointed as exclusive U.K. distributor of Eco-Technilin natural fiber reinforcements

Eco-Technilin natural fiber product range offers woven, nonwoven, UD and prepreg reinforcement options that are more sustainable, affordable alternatives to traditional reinforcements like glass fiber.
#weaving

Curing

TPS ships Gruenberg vertical conveyor oven, meets specific customer needs

Stainless steel internal chamber, operating temperature of 270ºF and an installed high-volume, 6135 CFM horizontal airflow system.

Carbon Fibers

Carbon fiber windsurf fin incorporates Sicomin bio-based epoxy resin

Sicomin GreenPoxy 33 meets high-performance windsurfing fins requirements, accommodating significant loads, high torsion stiffness and flexibility.
#braiding #weaving

Curing

Adapa, ElectroHeat partner for reconfigurable thermoforming solution

Off-the-shelf solutions will pair curing oven and reusable adaptive mold to fit standard panel sizes for lower-cost composites manufacturing.

Curing

Kanfit installs new autoclave, automated cutter to increase composite parts production capacity

Composite parts producer in Israel increases capabilities for composites, 3D printing and hybrid assemblies.
#autoclave

Epoxies

Composites Evolution introduces Evopreg EPC200 epoxy prepreg

Evopreg EPC200 enables variable temperature cure with good surface finish.
#outofautoclave #aramidfiber #autoclave

NEW PRODUCTS: CURING

Curing

LEWCO presents enhanced-duty, vacuum-assisted composite curing oven

The composite oven, recently delivered to a U.S. military base, reaches a maximum temperature of 500°F and is used to cure vacuum-bagged composite aircraft parts.

Curing

VeeloHEAT Caul enables in-situ hot debulking capabilities

Built on existing debulk bagging procedures, Veelo Technologies’ debulking solution can take place at the tool during layup, reducing costs and improving throughput. 
#layup #outofautoclave

Curing

Vastek Industrial showcases tabletop infrared conveyor oven

Ideal for laboratory testing and low-volume production applications, the D-100 model is highly compact, and ensures edge-to-edge temperature uniformity.

Curing

Techsil, Panacol offer Vitralit adhesive for filament winding

The transparent one-component epoxy adhesive and curing system is ideal for carbon fiber or glass fiber filament winding.
#adhesives

Marine

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

Epoxies

Chemical Process Services Ltd. develops greener epoxy curing agents

The Furalkamines are a new form of Mannich base curing agents said to deliver significantly enhanced cure performance for epoxy resins.
#regulation #adhesives