FABRICS/PREFORMS

Fabrics/Preforms

Impossible Objects, Owens Corning to produce new high-performance 3D printing materials

Collaboration will develop tailor-made materials for composite-based AM, bring CBAM process to industrial scale to compete with other high-volume manufacturing methods.

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Fabrics/Preforms

Braided preforms and resin infusion for next-generation aerocomposites

Spintech shows significant cost and labor savings using its Smart Tooling, dry fiber preforms and RTM/VARTM technology on aircraft wing and inlet duct demonstrators.
#generalaviation #insidemanufacturing #braiding

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.

Marine

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

RTM

Antich and Sons develop composite yarn-spinning technique for 3D-woven preform production

Culmination of a three-year project with AMRC which focused on creating stabilized, near-net shape preforms of variable thickness with efficient material use for aerospace and automotive.
#weaving

Preforming goes industrial: Part 1

Preforming goes industrial: Part 1

ATL and AFP-based preforming options now abound for processing dry and/or impregnated reinforcements as quickly as 1 minute or less with potential yearly part yields in the millions.
#outofautoclave #windblades #audi

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Videos / Podcasts

Aerospace

Braided preforms and resin infusion for next-generation aerocomposites

Spintech shows significant cost and labor savings using its Smart Tooling, dry fiber preforms and RTM/VARTM technology on aircraft wing and inlet duct demonstrators.
#generalaviation #insidemanufacturing #braiding

Glass Fibers

Optimized fiber reinforcements, fabrics, NCFs

In this Digital Demo, Vectorply provides an overview of its fiber formatting capabilities and technical support operations.

ATL/AFP

Carbon Axis XCell strengthens AFP capabilities at Compositadour

New robotic cell will expand testing, prototyping and pre-series production for industries looking to automate composites preforming.
#automation

Thermoplastics

Flexible carbon fiber plates enable high-performance footwear

Carbitex’s flexible carbon fiber/thermoplastic composite plates use creative engineering to eliminate design compromises in athletic footwear.
#workinprogress

Fabrics/Preforms

Braided preforms meet phase-change tooling

A program from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory adopts automated braiding and phase-change tooling for a complex geometry unmanned aircraft part.
#trends

Aerospace

Update: Lower wing skin, Wing of Tomorrow

Airbus is evaluating several advanced composites technologies as part of its Wing of Tomorrow program. Among these is liquid resin infusion of the lower wing skin, being developed by Spirit AeroSystems.
#787 #a350 #ms21

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.
#weaving #layup

Fabrics/Preforms

Impossible Objects, Owens Corning to produce new high-performance 3D printing materials

Collaboration will develop tailor-made materials for composite-based AM, bring CBAM process to industrial scale to compete with other high-volume manufacturing methods.
#peek

Design/Simulation

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.

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

Automotive

Antich and Sons develop composite yarn-spinning technique for 3D-woven preform production

Culmination of a three-year project with AMRC which focused on creating stabilized, near-net shape preforms of variable thickness with efficient material use for aerospace and automotive.
#weaving

Fabrics/Preforms

AMAC, ITA strategic cooperation aims to strengthen business development in composites  

Cooperation enables access to industry know-how, networking opportunities and composite solutions across the entire textile value chain to generate innovation.

Consumer

Carbon Axis XCell strengthens AFP capabilities at Compositadour

New robotic cell will expand testing, prototyping and pre-series production for industries looking to automate composites preforming.
#automation

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Fabrics/Preforms

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Vectorply

Vectorply Corp. is highlighting its custom composite reinforcement fabrics for a range of markets and applications.
#camx

Fabrics/Preforms

TFP's new lightweight veils target high-temperature applications

The new polyimide and basalt veils are part of TFP’s OPTIVEIL range and have been developed specifically to expand TFP’s selection of high-temperature materials.
#aramidfiber #polyimide #adhesives

Consumer

Dieffenbacher innovations focus on SMC, D-LFT

Dieffenbacher is presenting its solutions for tape laying, SMCs, D-LFT and wet molding technologies, as well as a new messaging and ticket system app.
#peek #sheetmoldingcompound

Carbon Fibers

Voith updates roving applicator generation technology

Voith GmbH is featuring carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) components such as tailored stacks for the automotive and aerospace sectors. 

Carbon Fibers

Bally Ribbon Mills technology features infusion for 3D woven joints

Woven fabrics manufacturer Bally Ribbon Mills is highlighting its film infusion capabilities for 3D woven joints woven thermal protection systems and more.
#weaving #outofautoclave

Machining/Drilling

Finishing tools prevent delamination in hybrid material machining

Seco Tools’ JC898 rougher and JC899 finisher are designed for use with hybrid CFRP-metal stacked materials for aerospace applications.
#cuttingtools