MACHINING/DRILLING

Machining/Drilling

CEAD and Belotti make large-scale additive composites manufacturing accessible for industry

Strategic partnership combines expertise of additive and subtractive manufacturing into single hybrid solution: BEAD.

Ginger Gardiner
Senior Editor, CompositesWorld

Testing

Northrop Grumman contributes key composite structures for ULA Delta IV rocket launch

Eleven composite structure such as composite thermal shields, interstage, payload, propellant tanks, produced via hand layup, machining and inspection techniques supported the successful launch.
#aeroengines #northropgrumman #layup

Machining/Drilling

Best practices in the CNC machining of composites

Machining composite materials is a challenging task. Proper tool selection, machine settings and process innovations help make it manageable.
#aramidfiber #pastpresentandfuture #cuttingtools

Carbon Fibers

Fraunhofer IPT automates production of thermoplastic CFRP engine fan blades

Successful first demonstrations on 16-mm-thick CF/PA12 to be followed by CF/PEEK tapes and embedded sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM).
#aeroengines

Aerospace

Fraunhofer IFAM automates pre-assembly of CFRP fuselage frames

Positioning and drilling end effector for automated, high-precision and quality-assured pre-assembly developed with Airbus in German-funded “Tempo” sub-project.
#automation

Machining update: One-shot dry drilling of stacked materials

Tool design innovations tighten tolerances and cut costs for those who drill composite-metal assemblies.
#boeing #787 #workforcedevelopment

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Videos / Podcasts

ATL/AFP

Using sensor data to improve composite parts and processes

nebumind software builds digital twins from manufacturing data to trace defects, compare manufactured parts, qualify processes, develop tolerance windows for process monitoring and more.
#composites4_0

Molds/Tools

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

Industrialized continuous fiber composite printing in Delft

CEAD offers large builds with speed, precision, low-cost extrusion and continuous fiber.
#paek #trends #peek

Aerospace

Continuous Fiber Manufacturing (CFM) with moi composites

Continuous fiber 3D printing using epoxy, vinylester and acrylic with continuous glass, carbon, basalt and other fibers, including deposition along nonlinear curves, is only the beginning.
#layup #continuousfiberAM #autoclave

Machining/Drilling

Automated Preforming, Part 7: Fill Gesellschaft

Fill automates preforming for 1-min cycle time overmolded thermoplastic automotive parts but supplies automation throughout aero- and autocomposites process chains.
#autoclave #boeing #facc

ATL/AFP

Composites at AeroDef 2018

Highlights from the Aerospace Defense Manufacturing Conference – AeroDef 2018 include new technologies for tooling, drilling/machining and inspection of advanced composites.
#cuttingtools #peek #workforcedevelopment

Molds/Tools

CEAD and Belotti make large-scale additive composites manufacturing accessible for industry

Strategic partnership combines expertise of additive and subtractive manufacturing into single hybrid solution: BEAD.

Aerospace

Northrop Grumman contributes key composite structures for ULA Delta IV rocket launch

Eleven composite structure such as composite thermal shields, interstage, payload, propellant tanks, produced via hand layup, machining and inspection techniques supported the successful launch.
#aeroengines #northropgrumman #layup

ATL/AFP

Fraunhofer IPT automates production of thermoplastic CFRP engine fan blades

Successful first demonstrations on 16-mm-thick CF/PA12 to be followed by CF/PEEK tapes and embedded sensors for structural health monitoring (SHM).
#aeroengines

Machining/Drilling

Fraunhofer IFAM automates pre-assembly of CFRP fuselage frames

Positioning and drilling end effector for automated, high-precision and quality-assured pre-assembly developed with Airbus in German-funded “Tempo” sub-project.
#automation

Epoxies

Carbon fiber windsurf fin incorporates Sicomin bio-based epoxy resin

Sicomin GreenPoxy 33 meets high-performance windsurfing fins requirements, accommodating significant loads, high torsion stiffness and flexibility.
#braiding #weaving

Machining/Drilling

CRP Technology produces composite sensor housing box

Commissioned by IMAL s.r.l., CRP applied its carbon fiber-reinforced Windform XT 2.0 material, which retains an 8% increase in tensile strength and 22% increase in tensile modulus. 

NEW PRODUCTS: MACHINING/DRILLING

Machining/Drilling

CAMX 2020 exhibit preview: Fibreworks and Composite Factory

Fibreworks Composites and sister company Composite Factory highlight their capabilities for building complex composite structures.

Glass Fibers

YG-1 solid-carbide routers designed for faster composites machining

Four new solid-carbide fiberglass routers have been launched for CNC or hand routers to handle everyday composite machining.
#aramidfiber #cuttingtools

Fabrics/Preforms

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

Aerospace

Solid carbide drill designed for aerospace composites

Sandvik Coromant’s CoroDrill 863 solid carbide drill with -O geometry has been designed to improve drilling consistency and performance on composite aerospace workpieces.
#cuttingtools

CAMX Expo

CAMX 2019 exhibit preview: Diversified Machine Systems

Diversified Machine Systems is showcasing its 5-axis CNC machining capabilities at CAMX 2019.
#cuttingtools #camx

Automotive

AXYZ redesigns Infinite CNC router

The machine is designed for high-precision cutting of fiber reinforcements for a variety of end market applications. 
#cuttingtools