DESIGN/SIMULATION

Design/Simulation

Anisoprint launches Aura 2.1 slicing software for continuous fiber 3D printing

New features include “masks” giving users greater control over fiber reinforcement in an easy-to-visualize manner.

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Design/Simulation

AnalySwift and University of Central Florida work with NASA to develop thin-ply composites

Materials will be characterized and performance modeled for wide array of aircraft and space applications.
#space

Design/Simulation

McLaren Artura features new composite architecture

The Artura is a plug-in hybrid that uses the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture.

Design/Simulation

Thermoplastic tapes reinforced with textile-based PAN carbon fiber

IACMI project trials inline production of thermoplastic tapes reinforced with textile-based PAN carbon fiber. 
#precursor #polyacrylonitrile #workinprogress

Automotive

MMC Pistons for the T.50 Supercar

For the extreme application in the 654-hp V12 engine, Cosworth turned to a metal-matrix composite for piston production.

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.
#a350 #layup #space

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Videos / Podcasts

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

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. 

Carbon Fibers

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

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. 

Additive Manufacturing

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.

Design/Simulation

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

AnalySwift and University of Central Florida work with NASA to develop thin-ply composites

Materials will be characterized and performance modeled for wide array of aircraft and space applications.
#space

Automotive

McLaren Artura features new composite architecture

The Artura is a plug-in hybrid that uses the new McLaren Carbon Lightweight Architecture.

Automotive

MMC Pistons for the T.50 Supercar

For the extreme application in the 654-hp V12 engine, Cosworth turned to a metal-matrix composite for piston production.

Core

Sicomin GreenPoxy resins contribute to first NFC wind turbine nacelle

Sicomin’s bio-based resins, intumescent FR gelcoats and UV-resistant clear coatings meet stringent requirements for Greenboats’ 7.3-meter natural fiber composite nacelle.
#biomaterials #layup

Design/Simulation

Solvay to develop composite structure for Vertical Aerospace eVTOL aircraft

Composite and adhesive technologies will be supplied to Vertical Aerospace for a zero-emissions, all-electric prototype scheduled for a September 2021 test flight.
#uas #adhesives

Design/Simulation

Smart Slice simulation software now available from Dynamism

3D printing solutions provider Dynamism now offers optimization plugin Smart Slice from Teton Simulation.
#composites4_0

NEW PRODUCTS: DESIGN/SIMULATION

Design/Simulation

Anisoprint launches Aura 2.1 slicing software for continuous fiber 3D printing

New features include “masks” giving users greater control over fiber reinforcement in an easy-to-visualize manner.
#continuousfiberAM

Carbon Fibers

Hybrid metal composite four-disc milling cutter reduces machining times by 78%

CompoTech and Hofmeister steel and carbon fiber tool achieves 50% faster cutting speed and 54% higher feed rate compared to conventional two-disc tools.
#cuttingtools

Design/Simulation

Toray nanoalloy technology develops new flexible and toughened polymer

New polymer combines PA6 with polyrotaxane and retains high thermal resistance, rigidity and strength with a bending fatigue limit that is 15-fold that of conventional polymers.

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.

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.