DESIGN/SIMULATION

Construction

Purdue develops lignin extraction method for sustainable composite board resin binder

The extraction method reduces production cost, long-term health hazards and can be used as the main component in a non-formaldehyde binder system.

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Carbon Fibers

Engineering Technology launches servo tensioner for filament winding

The ST2 system, tested with pitch carbon fiber and alumina fiber, enables high-speed wet, dry and towpreg winding.
#weaving

Design/Simulation

Plataine releases production scheduler version 4.0

The AI-based technology integrates production scheduling with shop floor management for a more efficient manufacturing process.
#composites4_0

Core

Kordsa targets phenolic-based sandwich panel toward aircraft interiors

The sandwich panels comprise glass fiber/phenolic skins surrounding a Nomex honeycomb core.
#aramidfiber

Design/Simulation

Siemens delivers AI-powered CAD sketching technology

The NX Sketch software tool offers flexibility and eliminates upfront constraints in a 3D CAD environment. 
#composites4_0

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.
#feature #marketing #a380

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Videos / Podcasts

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 #cuttingtools #automation

Testing

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

ATL/AFP

Cevotec upgrades SAMBA Fiber Patch Placement cells for production of large aerostructures

New features enable increased efficiency for curved structures using biaxial and quasi-isotropic laminates.
#layup #weaving

Fabrics/Preforms

Highlights: Composites Convention 2019

Highlights from the Composites Convention 2019, June 12-13, in Stade, Germany, organized by CFK Valley e.V. and Carbon Composites e.V, and the German Aerospace Center’s 5th Colloquium on Production Technology, on May 15, in Augsburg.
#boeing #medical #outofautoclave

Design/Simulation

Magnetic 3D printing the next generation of tailored composites

Fortify uses magnetic fields and digital light processing to produce tailored microstructures for high-resolution, 3D printed composite parts — and enables the next generation of multiscale, multifunctional composite metamaterials.
#ceramicmatrixcomposites #uas #discontinuousfiber

Design/Simulation

Future automotive is collaborative, digital and smart using composites

According to Swedish startup Uniti, “The era of heavy, costly and unsustainable is coming to an end.”
#composites4_0 #electricvehicles #electronics

Epoxies

Automated Preforming, Part 6: Coriolis Composites

Pioneer in automated fiber placement (AFP) advances preforms for overmolded thermoplastic composites enabling production of one automotive part every 20 seconds.
#automation #outofautoclave #layup

Natural Fibers

Purdue develops lignin extraction method for sustainable composite board resin binder

The extraction method reduces production cost, long-term health hazards and can be used as the main component in a non-formaldehyde binder system.
#biomaterials #sustainability

Filament Winding

Engineering Technology launches servo tensioner for filament winding

The ST2 system, tested with pitch carbon fiber and alumina fiber, enables high-speed wet, dry and towpreg winding.
#weaving

Glass Fibers

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

Carbon Fibers

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.

Wind/Energy

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. 

Design/Simulation

UTComp improves launched composite inspection system

The non-destructive, non-intrusive corrosion barrier evaluation process increases worker safety and extends the service-life of industrial infrastructure.

NEW PRODUCTS: DESIGN/SIMULATION

Design/Simulation

Plataine releases production scheduler version 4.0

The AI-based technology integrates production scheduling with shop floor management for a more efficient manufacturing process.
#composites4_0

Glass Fibers

Kordsa targets phenolic-based sandwich panel toward aircraft interiors

The sandwich panels comprise glass fiber/phenolic skins surrounding a Nomex honeycomb core.
#aramidfiber

Design/Simulation

Siemens delivers AI-powered CAD sketching technology

The NX Sketch software tool offers flexibility and eliminates upfront constraints in a 3D CAD environment. 
#composites4_0

Design/Simulation

Altair releases major software update to expand user solutions

The update enables accelerated innovation and targets design simulation and data analytics. 
#composites4_0

Design/Simulation

Hexagon’s e-Xstream engineering presents improved Digimat software

The multi-scale material modeling software enables more comprehensive advanced composite design capabilities. 
#automation #composites4_0

Design/Simulation

Siemens unveils Teamcenter X software

Its product lifecycle management solution enables more efficiency, collaboration and streamlining for product development. 
#automation #composites4_0