MARKETS

Aerospace

Nèos International establishes new HQ, composites facility in the U.K.

The 60,000-square-foot plant in Derby, U.K., will be the centerpiece of the Nèos Composites subsidiary and provide a new headquarters for the larger Nèos International.

Aerospace

Airline safety center departs Sandia Labs for WSU-NIAR

The 30-year Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Assurance Center (AANC) program is to combine its knowledge of structural repair, advanced materials and other technologies with a long-standing FAA center at WSU.
#SHM

Marine

Fine Hulls brings bold boat design with Diab sandwich composites

The pleasure yacht is entirely made from Diab’s Divinycell foam sandwich core using a vacuum infusion process for excellent stiffness, strength and light weight.

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

Construction

Episode 39: Joe Fox, FX Consulting

Consultant Joe Fox talks about the massive potential for composites use in infrastructure applications and what it will take to turn that potential into reality.
#infrastructure #787

RTM

Reprocessable, repairable and recyclable epoxy resins for composites

CIDETEC matures 3R resins for aerospace applications via AIRPOXY program.
#adhesives #workinprogress #sustainability

RTM

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

Curing

Episode 38: Alan Hiken, Kane Robotics

Alan Hiken, COO of Kane Robotics, talks about historic, current and future composites use in aircraft fuselage structures and the role of automation in next-gen manufacturing environments.
#777x #787 #trends

ATL/AFP

NCC unveils AFP/ATL dual system for large, complex structures

The hybrid cell, created in partnership with Electroimpact, can be used individually or together for automated composite manufacturing at a medium- to large-scale level.
#automation #layup

Additive Manufacturing

Large-format 3D printing enables toolless, rapid production for AUVs

Dive Technologies started by 3D printing prototypes of its composite autonomous underwater vehicles, but AM became the solution for customizable, toolless production.
#discontinuousfiber

Automotive

Z-direction composite properties on an affordable, industrial scale

Boston Materials uses milled reclaimed carbon fibers to increase modulus, impact/delamination resistance and produce metals-like conductivity for EMI shielding, lightning strike protection, heat exchangers and more.
#trends #electronics #electricvehicles

Prepregs

Nèos International establishes new HQ, composites facility in the U.K.

The 60,000-square-foot plant in Derby, U.K., will be the centerpiece of the Nèos Composites subsidiary and provide a new headquarters for the larger Nèos International.

Aerospace

Airline safety center departs Sandia Labs for WSU-NIAR

The 30-year Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Assurance Center (AANC) program is to combine its knowledge of structural repair, advanced materials and other technologies with a long-standing FAA center at WSU.
#SHM

Infusion

Fine Hulls brings bold boat design with Diab sandwich composites

The pleasure yacht is entirely made from Diab’s Divinycell foam sandwich core using a vacuum infusion process for excellent stiffness, strength and light weight.

Automotive

Optimization approach helps design lighter carbon fiber composites

Approach developed by Tokyo University of Science for manufacturing carbon fibers with optimized orientation and thickness achieves more than a 5% weight reduction in fiber-reinforced materials.

Wind/Energy

NCC research supports new composite gripper solution for wind turbine installation

Compared to current steel clamping structures, which aid in turbine installation, the feasibility study established that composite grippers could cut cost points, installation time and reduce overall environmental impact.

Automotive

Jaguar Land Rover to develop hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle prototype

Based off the new Land Rover Defender, the FCEV concept will be a zero tailpipe emissions prototype, with testing scheduled for late 2021.
#electricvehicles

NEW PRODUCTS: MARKETS

Automotive

EconCore thermoplastic honeycomb cores deliver high-heat performance, facilitates recyclability

Honeycomb cores incorporate Sabic NORYL GTX resin for improved dimensional stability, lower water absorption and demonstration of thermoset composite skin compatibility.

Epoxies

Trelleborg unveils high-temperature castable epoxy tooling material

Low-density TC350 epoxy board supports the creation of tooling in a range of sizes and complexities for carbon fiber, PP and GFRP parts.

Urban Air Mobility

New thermoset matrix resin offers fast, low-temp, tunable cure

HARP Rapid is a new thermoset resin chemistry for liquid molding processes that offers a fast, tunable cure profile, and a Tg that exceeds the material’s cure temperature.
#hprtm #outofautoclave

Glass Fibers

Solico launches Amphora engineering, design software for composite silos and tanks

Customizable tool enables the calculate and optimization of construction variables like design loads and laminate thickness for rapid composite vessel development.

Automotive

Manna Laminates FEATURE organosheet laminate targets EMS applications

Fiber-metal laminate (FML) can be thermoformed in the injection or compression mold, possesses ideal characteristics for electric vehicle applications.

Prepregs

Teijin launches carbon fiber intermediate material brands

Tenax PW and Tenax BM is a series of aircraft- and satellite-quality materials made for sport applications with superior strength, toughness and durability compared to standard Teijin carbon fiber prepregs