MARKETS

Aerospace

UC San Diego earns NASA grant for eVTOL design tool development

Three-year project to develop open-source simulation and optimization tools to enable companies to rapidly design eVTOL vehicle concepts.

Automotive

New Magna facility to build battery enclosures with composite configuration option

The new 345,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in St. Clair, Michigan, is to build battery enclosures for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, with multiple assembly options for customers.
#electricvehicles

Wind/Energy

Orbital Composites to demonstrate containerized 3D printing robots for AM wind blade manufacture

Project aims to demonstrate additive manufacturing of >100-meter-long composite wind blades with >25% reduced cost.
#composites4_0 #windblades

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

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

Infusion

The path to OOA wings with minimal fasteners

A review of the quest to eliminate both the autoclave and mechanical fasteners in composite wing structures.
#ms21 #outofautoclave #trends

Molds/Tools

Invar, wire additive manufacturing expand aerocomposite tooling options

Invar facesheets and backing structures are candidates for large-format 3D printing to more quickly and efficiently produce aerostructures tooling.
#workinprogress #boeing

Aerospace

Clean Sky 2 study emphasizes need for hydrogen-powered aviation development

Independent study found hydrogen as primary energy source for aircraft propulsion, outlines roadmap and required policy actions for hydrogen aviation, fuel cell technology development.
#cleansky

Testing

Clean Sky 2 SHERLOC project advances SHM for composites

New video shows goals, framework, sensors and tests for more affordable, smart composite fuselage
#cleansky #composites4_0

Glass Fibers

Novel dry tape for liquid molded composites

MTorres seeks to enable next-gen aircraft and open new markets for composites with low-cost, high-permeability tapes and versatile, high-speed production lines.
#automation #outofautoclave #windblades

ATL/AFP

Manufacturing the upper half of the Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator (MFFD)

Proving industrial reliability for low-cost thermoplastic composites production using AFP in-situ consolidation, as well as continuous ultrasonic and resistance welding.
#cleansky #paek

Aerospace

UC San Diego earns NASA grant for eVTOL design tool development

Three-year project to develop open-source simulation and optimization tools to enable companies to rapidly design eVTOL vehicle concepts.

Wind/Energy

Orbital Composites to demonstrate containerized 3D printing robots for AM wind blade manufacture

Project aims to demonstrate additive manufacturing of >100-meter-long composite wind blades with >25% reduced cost.
#composites4_0 #windblades

Automotive

New Magna facility to build battery enclosures with composite configuration option

The new 345,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in St. Clair, Michigan, is to build battery enclosures for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, with multiple assembly options for customers.
#electricvehicles

Prepregs

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

Marine

Collins Aerospace awarded $64 million contract for composite warship sonar domes

Traditional rubber domes on U.S. and Allied Navy frigrates to be replaced with composite keel domes for improved structural and acoustic performance.

Construction

Creative Pultrusions forms Creative Composites Group for enhanced FRP solution offerings

CCG is the umbrella entity for the U.S.-based composite companies that are now part of Hill and Smith, with the dedication to provide flexible engineered composite system capabilities for major infrastructure markets.
#infrastructure

NEW PRODUCTS: MARKETS

Aerospace

Stratasys carbon fiber material for 3D printer line is more functional, lightweight and versatile

ABS-based carbon fiber material for the Stratasys F123 Series 3D printer line is 15% stronger and 50% stiffer compared to standard ABS.

Infusion

HexPly XF surface materials satisfy high-quality wind blade surface finish

Suitable for prepreg and infusion processes, Hexcel’s HexPly XF reduce shell manufacturing time by up to 2 hours and removes all surface defects prior to painting.
#outofautoclave #windblades

Aerospace

Axiom Materials CerFace AX-8810 surface film improves outer finish of CMC components

Surface film protects exposed fibers and minimizes surface roughness of CMC components for operating temperatures of up to 1,093ºC.
#ceramicmatrixcomposites

Marine

Farécla polishing and finishing compounds offer improved finishes and application ease

Norton|Saint-Gobain Abrasives’ Farécla line is designed to enhance shine on painted surface, gel coats and wood lacquers, and can be applied to finished composites.

Glass Fibers

E9 ultra-high-modulus glass fiber targets high-end applications

Compared to E-glass, Jushi’s E9 glass fiber boasts improved mechanical properties, including a 36% higher modulus and 60% higher strength.

Epoxies

ATL Composites epoxy laminating system maintains new surfboard appearance

KINETIX R111 is a solvent-free, liquid epoxy resin optimized with a translucent blue tint that produces a clear, bright finish for surfboard products.