DESIGN/SIMULATION

Fabrics/Preforms

Royal DSM, MKU composite armor protects Brazilian law enforcement

Level IIIA soft armor vests use Dyneema UD material for 35% weight reduction, and rigorous compliance with NIJ standards for protection against ballistic materials.

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Design/Simulation

Spirit AeroSystems Belfast advances LANCA project concept with resin transfer infusion

Spirit AeroSystems Belfast, Northrop Grumman and Intrepid Minds support further development of the Royal Air Force’s unmanned Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA). 
#nextgenaerospace #spiritaerosystems #northropgrumman

Fabrics/Preforms

Cobra International rapidly scales up Radinn glass fiber electric surfboards

Cobra manufacturing platform to deliver 300 composite boards per month, with 25% weight savings, tight tolerances, detailed QC and documentation records.
#weaving

Design/Simulation

Neural nets can advance composites analysis

British researchers use two neural nets and a 2D image to create 3D models. The architecture is fast, cheap, accurate and more clearly identifies different material phases.

Design/Simulation

Telene composite components selected for Ebusco electric city bus

Telene PDCPD polymer and low-density matrix produces durable body panels, offers lower part weight.

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

Compression Molding

Large composite covers protect a lot of water

A massive concrete water storage facility in Bogotá, Colombia, gets a much-needed makeover with the resin transfer molding of 840 large composite domes that keep the water potable.
#insidemanufacturing #outofautoclave

Aerospace

ENLIGHTEN program launched to speed thermoplastic composites industrialization

Multi-scale modeling, testing, sensors and machine learning will advance understanding and algorithms to achieve process control and optimization for both aerospace and automotive supply chains.
#paek #composites4_0

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.

Marine

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

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. 
#ndi

Fabrics/Preforms

Royal DSM, MKU composite armor protects Brazilian law enforcement

Level IIIA soft armor vests use Dyneema UD material for 35% weight reduction, and rigorous compliance with NIJ standards for protection against ballistic materials.

Design/Simulation

Spirit AeroSystems Belfast advances LANCA project concept with resin transfer infusion

Spirit AeroSystems Belfast, Northrop Grumman and Intrepid Minds support further development of the Royal Air Force’s unmanned Lightweight Affordable Novel Combat Aircraft (LANCA). 
#nextgenaerospace #spiritaerosystems #northropgrumman

Glass Fibers

Cobra International rapidly scales up Radinn glass fiber electric surfboards

Cobra manufacturing platform to deliver 300 composite boards per month, with 25% weight savings, tight tolerances, detailed QC and documentation records.
#weaving

Design/Simulation

Neural nets can advance composites analysis

British researchers use two neural nets and a 2D image to create 3D models. The architecture is fast, cheap, accurate and more clearly identifies different material phases.

Automotive

Telene composite components selected for Ebusco electric city bus

Telene PDCPD polymer and low-density matrix produces durable body panels, offers lower part weight.

Design/Simulation

Faurecia showcases composite hydrogen demonstrator for commercial vehicles at Auto Shanghai event

Seven-tank hydrogen storage system designed to provide more than 700 kilometers of autonomy for long-distance and high-load commercial trucks.
#hydrogen

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. 
#ndi