FABRICS/PREFORMS

Fabrics/Preforms

Spintech opens new composites manufacturing division, Hawthorn Composites

New division specializes in manufacturing complex geometry composite parts using novel dry fiber preforming and resin infusion techniques, extending Spintech composite capabilities.

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Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Prepregs

Pilatus delivers 100th composites-intensive jet

PC-24 Super Versatile Jet is now present on every continent and sold out for 2021.

Carbon Fibers

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

Core

Hexcel, Safran expand contract for composite materials in commercial aerospace programs

Long-term supplier contract amended to include Hexcel’s HexTow IM7 for the GE9X engine, as well as core, adhesives, prepregs and fabrics for additional aerospace applications.
#adhesives #aeroengines

Fabrics/Preforms

Cevotec SAMBA Pro Prepreg system added to FPC technology portfolio

Installation of the automated Fiber Patch Placement system in Fraunhofer IGCV’s Fiber Placement Center serves active technology and application development.  
#weaving #automation #layup

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.
#camx #bmw #feature

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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

Defense

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

Infusion

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.
#layup #weaving

Aerospace

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 1: Feedstock

Highly-aligned, short-fiber Tailorable Universal Feedstock for Forming achieves aerospace properties, metal-like formability in zero-waste, fiber-to-parts pilot plant.
#darpa #outofautoclave #precursor

Fabrics/Preforms

IRT Jules Verne, Airbus and Fives launch MADRAS automated textile deposition line for WING project

Goal is full-scale testing of large, complex shape preforms at 5-6 times faster speeds for future aircraft.
#sustainability #airbus

Automotive

Solvay showcases low-cost prepreg and parts approach using Cygnet Texkimp filament winder

High-speed, tailored preforms are used with Solvay double diaphragm forming (DDF) and compression molding to produce cost-effective, medium-volume auto and aero parts.
#outofautoclave #bmw #spreadtow

Fabrics/Preforms

Spintech opens new composites manufacturing division, Hawthorn Composites

New division specializes in manufacturing complex geometry composite parts using novel dry fiber preforming and resin infusion techniques, extending Spintech composite capabilities.
#automation #outofautoclave

Prepregs

Pilatus delivers 100th composites-intensive jet

PC-24 Super Versatile Jet is now present on every continent and sold out for 2021.

Fabrics/Preforms

Hexcel, Safran expand contract for composite materials in commercial aerospace programs

Long-term supplier contract amended to include Hexcel’s HexTow IM7 for the GE9X engine, as well as core, adhesives, prepregs and fabrics for additional aerospace applications.
#adhesives #aeroengines

Prepregs

Cevotec SAMBA Pro Prepreg system added to FPC technology portfolio

Installation of the automated Fiber Patch Placement system in Fraunhofer IGCV’s Fiber Placement Center serves active technology and application development.  
#weaving #automation #layup

Fabrics/Preforms

Hypetex, SHD offer colored carbon fiber prepreg solutions

The partnership will supply Hypetex-colored fabrics with SHD’s MTC500 series epoxy resin systems, enabling visual component finishes and the potential for weight and cost savings.
#sustainability #aramidfiber

Fabrics/Preforms

DrapeCube offers cost-effective preforming process for FRP textile production

The DrapeCube offers a cost-effective design for the production of fiber preforms from textile semi-finished products.
#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

Carbon Fibers

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.
#adhesives #aramidfiber #polyimide

Automotive

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

Fabrics/Preforms

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. 

Fabrics/Preforms

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.
#outofautoclave #weaving

Aerospace

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