MARKETS

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.

Construction

FRP cantilever sidewalks help fill demand for wider sidewalks

According to Composite Advantage, physical distancing requirements have boosted demand for 15-foot sidewalks, presenting an opportunity for FRP panels.

Marine

IBEX 2020 will transition to a virtual-only event

IBEX, North America’s largest technical trade event for the marine industry, goes virtual in light of pandemic concerns.

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

Consumer

Conbility: Mass production of composite tape laminates

RWTH Aachen spin-off scales up production for low-cost, in-situ consolidated composites as inserts for lighter, cheaper injection-molded parts.
#composites4_0 #continuousfiberAM #automation

RTM

Swinburne University and CSIRO's Industry 4.0 Testlab for Composite Additive Manufacturing 

Australia and Germany collaborate to build Composites 4.0 production line for competitive advantage in next-gen manufacturing and workforce.
#outofautoclave #autoclave #layup

Carbon Fibers

Narrow UD tapes to bridge the ATL-AFP gap

Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement are similar, but not the same. Can narrow tapes provide a middle ground with advantages of both processes for next-gen aircraft?
#a350 #airbus #infrastructure

Aerospace

No business case for reteaching robots

DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology has developed an AI-equipped work cell where collaborative robots can switch from producing composite rear pressure bulkheads to fuselage panels without requiring reprogramming or retraining.
#airbus #boeing #composites4_0

Carbon Fibers

Carbon fiber-reinforced concrete accelerates in Germany

TU Dresden and C3 – Carbon Concrete Composite demonstrator aims to reduce concrete material use by 50% and CO2 emissions by up to 70%; Hitexbau touts high-volume automated production for carbon fiber textile grids.
#regulation #sustainability #trends

Urban Air Mobility

China's EHang wins approval to use autonomous aerial vehicles for air logistics

The approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China enables commercial operation of the EHang 216 passenger-grade plane for cargo transport.
#regulation

Aerospace

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

Design/Simulation

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

Construction

FRP cantilever sidewalks help fill demand for wider sidewalks

According to Composite Advantage, physical distancing requirements have boosted demand for 15-foot sidewalks, presenting an opportunity for FRP panels.
#infrastructure

Marine

IBEX 2020 will transition to a virtual-only event

IBEX, North America’s largest technical trade event for the marine industry, goes virtual in light of pandemic concerns.

Aerospace

Strata delivers 100 shipsets of inboard flaps for Airbus A350-900

Strata assumes fabrication and assembly duties for inboard flaps production and plans to incorporate HDF and ATL machines into the process.

Injection/Overmolding

Lanxess presents thermoplastics for automotive applications

The company is showcasing use of its composite materials in A-pillar automotive structures and electric vehicle charging applications at the VDI Congress PIAE virtual event in July.

Aerospace

Airbus announces headcount reduction through mid-2021

The reduction of 15,000 positions, made necessary by the coronavirus pandemic, will primarily affect Airbus employees in France, Spain, Germany and the U.K., as well as Stelia and Premium AEROTEC.

NEW PRODUCTS: MARKETS

Thermoplastics

Kordsa expands thermoplastic prepreg lineup

The new woven prepregs are offered with polypropylene or polyamide resin matrices in sheets up to 1.2 by 1.2 meters.
#aramidfiber #cyanateester #weaving

Aerospace

Kordsa targets phenolic-based sandwich panel toward aircraft interiors

The sandwich panels comprise glass fiber/phenolic skins surrounding a Nomex honeycomb core.
#aramidfiber

Marine

DSM introduces new UHMWPE fiber

Compared to DSM’s original Dyneema thermoplastic fiber products, Trosar addresses a wider range of high-performance applications.
#sustainability

Testing

Broetje-Automation presents automated sealer for aircraft components.

The automated, modular system enables clean, safe and speedy production for all aircraft component sealing. 
#composites4_0

Automotive

Toray introduces high tensile modulus carbon fiber and thermoplastic pellet

With a carbon fiber diameter of 7 microns, the Torayca T series balances cost performance with a high tensile modulus.   
#sustainability

Filament Winding

Magnum Venus products launches fusion filament winder

Ideal for winding pressure vessels, the Fusion filament winder is a compact, adaptable design.