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Defense

Bell starts operations at new Manufacturing Technology Center

Composites and metals manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing and metrology will be undergirded by digital connectivity and digital twin to support affordable production of future vertical lift aircraft.

Ginger Gardiner
Senior Editor, CompositesWorld

Defense

Kaman Composites Wichita announces contract with Boeing

Kaman Composites to manufacture the refueling boom assembly for the MH-47 program and expand facility to accommodate production scale.
#boeing

Defense

AeroVironment secures $5.9 million Puma 3 AE UAS contract award

Composite-intensive tactical UAV, offering surveillance and reconnaissance in maritime and land operations, to be delivered to European allied nation.
#uas

Defense

Arcturus UAV awarded $7 million task order for MEUAS program

Composite vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) JUMP 20 unmanned aircraft system is said to deliver true versatility and multi-mission capabilities to U.S. Special Operations Command and other customers.
#uas

Defense

Boeing Loyal Wingman uncrewed aircraft completes first flight

Successful test progresses Royal Australian Air Force’s teaming aircraft program. The Loyal Wingman has been manufactured from design to flight in three years.
#boeing

Sidebar 2

Skinning the F-35 fighter

Fasteneing the all-composites skin on the Lightning II requires machining and drilling technology that is optimized for cost-efficiency.
#lockheedmartin #bmi #f-35

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Videos / Podcasts

Defense

Bell starts operations at new Manufacturing Technology Center

Composites and metals manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing and metrology will be undergirded by digital connectivity and digital twin to support affordable production of future vertical lift aircraft.
#automation #composites4_0

Molds/Tools

Braided preforms meet phase-change tooling

A program from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory adopts automated braiding and phase-change tooling for a complex geometry unmanned aircraft part.
#trends

Automotive

Novel prepreg for compression molding in RAPM

Solvay and Boeing combine aerospace performance with process knowledge for high-rate, low-cost composites production.
#autoclave #automation #boeing

Aerospace

CSIRO: Developing higher-quality, higher-strength, lower-cost carbon fibers

SIROPAN precursor aims for >20% increase in carbon fiber properties with increased control via RAFT polymerization, FLOW processing and novel metrology.
#trends #sustainability #boeing

Wind/Energy

Composites Index contracts on weak backlogs

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

Epoxies

Solvay launches epoxy prepreg for aerostructures compression molding

Solvay Composite Materials has launched CYCOM EP2750, a new highly drapable epoxy prepreg designed specifically for the compression molding of high-quality, high-rate, cost-effective primary and secondary aerostructures.
#airbus #layup #outofautoclave

Aerospace

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

Defense

Bell starts operations at new Manufacturing Technology Center

Composites and metals manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing and metrology will be undergirded by digital connectivity and digital twin to support affordable production of future vertical lift aircraft.
#automation #composites4_0

Defense

Kaman Composites Wichita announces contract with Boeing

Kaman Composites to manufacture the refueling boom assembly for the MH-47 program and expand facility to accommodate production scale.
#boeing

Defense

AeroVironment secures $5.9 million Puma 3 AE UAS contract award

Composite-intensive tactical UAV, offering surveillance and reconnaissance in maritime and land operations, to be delivered to European allied nation.
#uas

Defense

Arcturus UAV awarded $7 million task order for MEUAS program

Composite vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) JUMP 20 unmanned aircraft system is said to deliver true versatility and multi-mission capabilities to U.S. Special Operations Command and other customers.
#uas

Defense

Boeing Loyal Wingman uncrewed aircraft completes first flight

Successful test progresses Royal Australian Air Force’s teaming aircraft program. The Loyal Wingman has been manufactured from design to flight in three years.
#boeing

Defense

NSMSS and CRASTE 2021 event explores advanced materials and technologies for commercial space

The National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) and Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE) are two space-focused forums occurring June 21-24, 2021.
#space

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Aerospace

Stratasys carbon fiber material for 3D printer line is more functional, lightweight and versatile

ABS-based carbon fiber material for the Stratasys F123 Series 3D printer line is 15% stronger and 50% stiffer compared to standard ABS.

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.

Design/Simulation

Hexcel launches electrically conductive PEKK-based carbon fiber material

HexPEKK EM is a high-performance material for additive manufacturing that meets electromagnetic shielding, radiation absorption requirements. 
#pekk

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

Prepregs

Solvay launches epoxy prepreg for aerostructures compression molding

Solvay Composite Materials has launched CYCOM EP2750, a new highly drapable epoxy prepreg designed specifically for the compression molding of high-quality, high-rate, cost-effective primary and secondary aerostructures.
#airbus #layup #outofautoclave

Curing

Wisconsin Oven upgrades curing control system

Wisconsin Oven (East Troy, Wis., U.S.) has announced release of the latest version of its established Wisconsin Premium Control System (WPCS) for data acquisition and control of the oven-based composites curing process.