DESIGN & TOOLING

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.

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.

Defense

Industrial Fiberglass Specialties: From corrosion-resistant industrial pipes to specialty custom projects

Based in Dayton, Ohio, U.S., IFS recently developed an FRP console for the U.S. Air Force using a custom mold design and specialized paint.

Special Edition: Next Gen Aerospace

A glimpse at the materials and processes that will be on the table as next-generation aircraft are developed.

Videos / Podcasts

Carbon Fibers

Successful tower extension test for James Webb space telescope

The test ensured the tower extensions on NASA’s composites-intensive telescope would keep the structure cool enough to detect infrared light. 
#space #northropgrumman

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

Automotive

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

Design/Simulation

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

Poly/Vinyl Esters

3D printing large composite molds with a 5-axis CNC machine

Hungarian manufacturer uses CEAD Robot Extruder to cut composite tooling time and cost.
#cuttingtools #layup #application

Processes

DHSutherland partners with KleanVak for promotion of surface preparation technology

DHSutherland will promote France-based KleanVak’s mold preparation and solvent cleaning technology to customers in the Americas.

Curing

Composites 4.0: digital assistants, edge computing and the future of smart factories

Plataine reviews developments and discusses where composites manufacturing is headed.
#infrastructure #layup #workforcedevelopment

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.
#biomaterials #sustainability

Design/Simulation

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

Aerospace

Bye Aerospace begins next flight test phase for eFlyer 2

The next flight test phase for the eFlyer 2 focuses on selecting the most effective propeller that meets lightweight and efficiency requirements.
#electricvehicles #sustainability

Mass Transit

PlasmaBound completes €1.1 million investment round

Ireland-based PlasmaBound has developed controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology, which joins structural adhesives to composites materials.

Consumer

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. 

NEW PRODUCTS: DESIGN & TOOLING

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

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