DESIGN & TOOLING

Testing

Composite testing challenges, Part 3: Testing systems

Several factors need to be considered for accurate and efficient composites testing, including testing systems that can accommodate required test environments, alignment and offer intuitive software.
#design-and-testing #sustainability

Molds/Tools

Curve Works reaches milestone for modular builds of composite shell structures

Approach reduces cost by 40%, lead-time by 50% and material use by >70% compared to manufacturing in large, one-off mold.
#sustainability

Design/Simulation

ESA, ArianeGroup PHOEBUS contract paves the way for composite rocket stage development

ArianeGroup to collaborate with MT Aerospace to explore using carbon fiber to lightweight the upper stage of the Ariane 6 launch vehicle.
#space

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

Additive Manufacturing

CMS debuts hybrid LFAM/milling machine

The machining specialist has developed the first iteration of Kreator, a large-format, thermoplastic composite 3D printer and five-axis milling machine for tooling and jigs.
#discontinuousfiber #autoclave

Testing

AZL to carry out ultra-fast consolidator machine and inductive double-belt press developments

Innovative systems demonstrate highly scalable and flexible consolidation of composite laminates. Follow-up projects to be carried out this year.

Digital Demos

Mold release solutions for automotive composites

In this Digital Demo, Axel Plastics reviews mold cleaning, sealing and release solutions for leading use in automotive composites manufacturing processes, including SMC, BMC and RTM.
#outofautoclave

Design/Simulation

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

Testing

Impact tests on RAMSSES ship hull demonstrator show resilience of composites

Damen Shipbuilding and project consortium partners test 6-meter-high, resin-infused composite hull section.
#regulation

Injection/Overmolding

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

Additive Manufacturing

Contactless measurement of temperature, pressure in composites

Magnetic microwires enable contactless measurement of temperature and pressure during cure and in service.
#trends #composites4_0

Infusion

Curve Works reaches milestone for modular builds of composite shell structures

Approach reduces cost by 40%, lead-time by 50% and material use by >70% compared to manufacturing in large, one-off mold.
#sustainability

Design/Simulation

ESA, ArianeGroup PHOEBUS contract paves the way for composite rocket stage development

ArianeGroup to collaborate with MT Aerospace to explore using carbon fiber to lightweight the upper stage of the Ariane 6 launch vehicle.
#space

Carbon Fibers

Ferrari 812 Competizione makes extensive use of carbon fiber

Composite materials enhance performance and minimize mass for a faster vehicle. The limited edition car also offers fully composite wheels, which weigh 42% less than alloy options.

Consumer

Covestro composite materials augment high-performance active footwear

Desmopan TPU and Maezio carbon fiber-reinforced TPU fibers applied to basketball shoe and a foot shape-based running shoe concept to demonstrate comfort, style, durability and superior performance.

Natural Fibers

Renewable Materials Conference 2021 announces innovation award winners

Three winning innovations include a hemp fiber and thermoset bioresin chair collection, PET bottles made from enzymatically recycled textile waste and CO2-based household cleaners.
#biomaterials #sustainability

Design/Simulation

Bercella, Formula Seven target motorsport innovation with natural fiber composite developments

AmpliTex flax fiber used to develop Formula SAE single-seater racing seat for better resistance, vibration absorption and reduced environmental impact.
#formula1 #biomaterials #sustainability

NEW PRODUCTS: DESIGN & TOOLING

Machining/Drilling

CMS debuts hybrid LFAM/milling machine

The machining specialist has developed the first iteration of Kreator, a large-format, thermoplastic composite 3D printer and five-axis milling machine for tooling and jigs.
#discontinuousfiber #autoclave

Additive Manufacturing

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.