DESIGN/SIMULATION

Design/Simulation

AZL Aachen webinar: Designing with thermoplastic composites

AZL Aachen is hosting the fifth webinar in its Lightweight TechTalk series, titled, “Best Practices in Lightweight Design with Thermoplastic Composites” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1:00-2:45 p.m. (13:00-14:45) CET.

Jeff Sloan
Editor-in-Chief, CompositesWorld

Carbon Fibers

LMS to develop composite fuel gauge for Stratolaunch hypersonic test vehicle

Carbon fiber composite fuel probe and signal conditioner unit will meet Mach 6 aircraft speed and intense flight environment requirements.
#nextgenaerospace

Aerospace

Orbex secures $24 million funding round for U.K. space launch

New funding secures roadmap to first launch of composites-intensive Orbex Prime rocket from Sutherland spaceport in Scotland. 
#space #sustainability

Injection/Overmolding

Thermoplastic composite structure replaces metals on safety-critical brake pedals

First all-composite brake pedals developed by Boge Rubber & Plastics Group are lighter, stiffer, stronger and offer improved driving haptics.
#focusondesign #composites4_0

Defense

NCC, Dstl facilitate R&D program for combat aircraft composite structures

The partnership invites organizations to pitch their most innovative ideas and capabilities to influence the direction of the ADCoSCA research program. 

virtual reality for composites manufacturing

Advancing composites through virtual and augmented reality

A review of technologies that are bridging the technical divide between the virtual world of design and simulation, and the real-world of composites manufacturing and repair.
#marketing #a380 #lockheedmartin

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Videos / Podcasts

Carbon Fibers

CFP Composites launches low-cost, carbon fiber laminate that processes like metal

The BM-5 laminate board can be screwed, tapped, fastened, bonded and painted just like a metal, and requires no prepreg, layout or curing. It also has a comparable cost to metal, removing operator and financial barriers to adopt carbon fiber.

Carbon Fibers

Symmetrix Composites, American Magic partner for America's Cup

Prepping the U.S. challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, Symmetrix applied its large format 5-axis CNC machine to produce the patterns and molds within sub-millimeter accuracy. 

Design/Simulation

Altair named official supplier for Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team

With the 36th America’s Cup yacht race approaching, Altair’s design platform has enabled a systematic and detailed approach to composite optimization for the racing team’s boat.

Wind/Energy

Kinetic NRG, ACS-A design composite hydro-electric turbine blade

The 1.5-meter composite blade will enable Kinetic NRG’s hydro-electric generator to generate power in Australian channels and streams at flow rates of two meters per second.
#sustainability

Design/Simulation

Contact-less microsensor targets real-time NDT for composite structures

RVmagnetics’ MicroWire self-monitors composite structures via embedding during the production process. It improves safety, control and real-time data for predictive maintenance. 

Carbon Fibers

Thermwood demonstrates vertical layer print additive technology

The new approach for large scale 3D printing was validated via Thermwood’s LSAM system and printed parts up to 5 by 10 by 10 feet.

ATL/AFP

Coriolis Composites and Edixia develop inline inspection for AFP

Video and discussion of how the sensor and software operate to boost composites productivity
#trends #automation #layup

Design/Simulation

AZL Aachen webinar: Designing with thermoplastic composites

AZL Aachen is hosting the fifth webinar in its Lightweight TechTalk series, titled, “Best Practices in Lightweight Design with Thermoplastic Composites” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1:00-2:45 p.m. (13:00-14:45) CET.

Design/Simulation

LMS to develop composite fuel gauge for Stratolaunch hypersonic test vehicle

Carbon fiber composite fuel probe and signal conditioner unit will meet Mach 6 aircraft speed and intense flight environment requirements.
#nextgenaerospace

Aerospace

Orbex secures $24 million funding round for U.K. space launch

New funding secures roadmap to first launch of composites-intensive Orbex Prime rocket from Sutherland spaceport in Scotland. 
#space #sustainability

Defense

NCC, Dstl facilitate R&D program for combat aircraft composite structures

The partnership invites organizations to pitch their most innovative ideas and capabilities to influence the direction of the ADCoSCA research program. 

Mass Transit

Talgo announces launch of hydrogen train by 2023

The new system will be configured as a modular solution that can be installed on all types of trains, as well as for upgrading previous diesel versions to hydrogen. 

Injection/Overmolding

Clean Sky 2 IMCOLOR project develops integrated manufacturing process for lightweight product design

Multi-shot injection molding process and thermoplastic automated fiber placements with in-situ consolidation for automated, easy-to-reproduce parts that perform at high mechanical levels.
#cleansky

NEW PRODUCTS: DESIGN/SIMULATION

Design/Simulation

Testia releases multi-method acquisition system for NDT inspection methods

Multi-method UE1 Box, phased array U32 Box and SKD architecture improve activity efficiency and meets technical specifications on a flexible, cost-effective platform.
#ndi #airbus

Design/Simulation

CFP Composites launches low-cost, carbon fiber laminate that processes like metal

The BM-5 laminate board can be screwed, tapped, fastened, bonded and painted just like a metal, and requires no prepreg, layout or curing. It also has a comparable cost to metal, removing operator and financial barriers to adopt carbon fiber.

Carbon Fibers

Contact-less microsensor targets real-time NDT for composite structures

RVmagnetics’ MicroWire self-monitors composite structures via embedding during the production process. It improves safety, control and real-time data for predictive maintenance. 

Defense

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

Mass Transit

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

Additive Manufacturing

Rize debuts RIZE 2XC, adaptive workplace 3D printer

In addition to meeting supply chain flexibility, the desktop composite 3D printer offers a safe and sustainable materials portfolio.
#sustainability