MATERIALS

Prepregs

Heatcon to distribute Hexcel prepregs for UAV/AAM market

The partnership includes North American distribution of Hexcel carbon fiber prepreg tapes and fabrics to support urban air mobility manufacturing and repair.

Carbon Fibers

Partnership promotes Hypetex colored carbon fiber materials to North American market

Massachusetts-based CompositesTech will perform sales and marketing for the Hypetex fiber reinforcement portfolio and introduce it to new customers and markets.
#marketing #sustainability

Additive Manufacturing

MAMBO tests the waters for 3D printing large marine structures

With its MAMBO boat, Moi Composites demonstrates use of its continuous fiber 3D printing technology for customized, automated production for the boating industry.
#continuousfiberAM

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

Poly/Vinyl Esters

Resin shortages continue to affect composites supply chain

Power outages caused by mid-February’s U.S. winter storms led to immediate shortages from Gulf Coast petrochemical companies. Fabricators continue to report shortages.

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

Carbon Fibers

Éirecomposites and ORPC to use recycled carbon fiber in tidal turbine foils

Development part of €3M CRIMSON project to advance tidal energy for clean electricity.
#sustainability

Energy Storage

Faurecia to supply CFRP tanks and hydrogen storage systems for Stellantis light commercial vehicles

Zero-emission fuel cell technology first available on Citroën, Opal and Peugeot vehicles with more to come.
#hydrogen

Aerospace

Retrofitted EHang facility for commercial AAV production close to completion

Yunfu facility to house AAV assembly lines, CNC processing center, carbon fiber composite materials processing area and more, with initial annual AAV capacity of 600 units.

Fabrics/Preforms

Optimized fiber reinforcements, fabrics, NCFs

In this Digital Demo, Vectorply provides an overview of its fiber formatting capabilities and technical support operations.

RTM

Large composite covers protect a lot of water

A massive concrete water storage facility in Bogotá, Colombia, gets a much-needed makeover with the resin transfer molding of 840 large composite domes that keep the water potable.
#insidemanufacturing #outofautoclave

Prepregs

Heatcon to distribute Hexcel prepregs for UAV/AAM market

The partnership includes North American distribution of Hexcel carbon fiber prepreg tapes and fabrics to support urban air mobility manufacturing and repair.

Carbon Fibers

Partnership promotes Hypetex colored carbon fiber materials to North American market

Massachusetts-based CompositesTech will perform sales and marketing for the Hypetex fiber reinforcement portfolio and introduce it to new customers and markets.
#marketing #sustainability

Marine

West System provides materials for Atlantic-crossing rowing boat

The crew plans to be the first to sail its carbon fiber/fiberglass composite, pure class rowing boat non-stop 3,800 miles from Europe to South America.

Automotive

Continental Structural Plastics orders new Dieffenbacher D-LFT line 

D-LFT line, including a 2,500-tonne hydraulic press, will be used to produce pickup truck tailgate covers at the Teijin Group subsidiary’s Sarepta, Louisiana facility.

Carbon Fibers

STELIA Aerospace participates in Dassault Aviation’s high-end business jet development

Ultra-long range business jet will feature four aerostructure sub-assemblies for the aircraft’s central fuselage section and pilot seats provided by STELIA, Rolls Royce engines and carbon fiber wings.
#stelia

Carbon Fibers

Plastic Omnium signs technological partnership with McPhy for hydrogen solution boost

Collaboration to improve the performance and connectivity of composite high-pressure vessels with hydrogen stations, speed up transition to carbon-free mobility.
#hydrogen

NEW PRODUCTS: MATERIALS

Additive Manufacturing

Covestro introduces 3D printing material made from recycled PET

Glass fiber-filled rPET suitable for high performance and structural applications using 3D pellet printing/fused granulate fabrication (FGF).

Thermoplastics

Thermwood expands LSAM product line availability

Large dual gantry print and trim machines for 3D-printed thermoplastic composites offered in 15-foot width model, with wider gantry design and range of print core, print head options.

Epoxies

Sicomin launches FireGreen 37 fire-retardant, bio-epoxy laminating resin system

More sustainable formulation features 25% plant-based carbon content, a halogen-free chemistry and has been optimized for hand laminating processes.
#biomaterials #layup #sustainability

Glass Fibers

Lanxess introduces new water-based dispersions for glass fiber sizing

Expansion of Lanxess’ Trixene Aqua BI product family offers excellent crosslink and adhesion promoters for aqueous coating systems, improves sizing formulation chemical and mechanical resistance.
#sizing

Thermoplastics

L&L Products launches thermoplastic resin product line

T-Link, from L&L Products, is a thermoplastic resin available in pellet, film, yarn, powder, fiber veil and unidirectional tape formats, targeted toward armor, aerospace and sporting goods applications.
#aramidfiber

Construction

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.