PROCESSES

Carbon Fibers

Robotic injection molding for functionalized composites

Anybrid enables compact, flexible hybrid injection molding/overmolding for smaller series and larger components.
#automation

Curing

LEWCO presents enhanced-duty, vacuum-assisted composite curing oven

The composite oven, recently delivered to a U.S. military base, reaches a maximum temperature of 500°F and is used to cure vacuum-bagged composite aircraft parts.

Filament Winding

Axiom Materials announces narrow slit tow prepregs for electric, CNG and hydrogen-powered vehicles

High-temperature carbon fiber tow prepregs are compatible with AFP and filament winding processes for the development of large structural parts such as lithium-ion battery containers or pressure vessels.
#electricvehicles #hydrogen

Videos / Podcasts

Carbon Fibers

Robotic injection molding for functionalized composites

Anybrid enables compact, flexible hybrid injection molding/overmolding for smaller series and larger components.
#automation

Epoxies

In-mold coating offers high-performance finishing for epoxy-infused composites

ODG Composites’ Element Xtreme is a lightweight, long-lasting protective and aesthetic coating suitable for a range of industrial and commercial applications.

Machining/Drilling

CMS debuts hybrid LFAM/milling machine

The machining specialist has developed the first iteration of Kreator, a large-format, thermoplastic composite 3D printer and five-axis milling machine for tooling and jigs.
#discontinuousfiber #autoclave

ATL/AFP

Electroimpact launches plug-and-play AFP system

Automation and automated fiber and tape placement specialist Electroimpact has introduced Scorpion, a new modular plug-and-play automated fiber placement (AFP) system designed for research and laboratory applications.

Compression Molding

Reprocessable, repairable and recyclable epoxy resins for composites

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

Infusion

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

Aerospace

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

Filament Winding

Axiom Materials announces narrow slit tow prepregs for electric, CNG and hydrogen-powered vehicles

High-temperature carbon fiber tow prepregs are compatible with AFP and filament winding processes for the development of large structural parts such as lithium-ion battery containers or pressure vessels.
#electricvehicles #hydrogen

Additive Manufacturing

Arkema acquires 10% stake in additive manufacturer ERPRO 3D Factory

Investment enables Arkema to accelerate new development opportunities for high-performance polymers and potential fiber-reinforced materials in additive manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing

SABIC, Local Motors conduct feasibility study for reprocessed, 3D-printed thermoplastic parts and shavings

Anticipating the wider adoption of LFAM, the study explored more sustainable alternatives to landfilling large, printed parts, with results indicating the potential for material reuse.

Infusion

Curve Works reaches milestone for modular builds of composite shell structures

Approach reduces cost by 40%, lead-time by 50% and material use by >70% compared to manufacturing in large, one-off mold.
#sustainability

Cutting/Kitting

Eastman Machine, SAM|XL to advance pick-and-place integration with automated cutting

The technology partnership will test and develop smart manufacturing solutions for low-volume, high-variation manufacturing.
#automation

Processes

Henkel and BTG Labs partner to establish surface measurement standards

More comprehensive product specifications added to adhesive Technical Data Sheets, including the addition of water contact angles, aids in improving effective bonding results, performance.
#adhesives

NEW PRODUCTS: PROCESSES

Curing

LEWCO presents enhanced-duty, vacuum-assisted composite curing oven

The composite oven, recently delivered to a U.S. military base, reaches a maximum temperature of 500°F and is used to cure vacuum-bagged composite aircraft parts.

Epoxies

In-mold coating offers high-performance finishing for epoxy-infused composites

ODG Composites’ Element Xtreme is a lightweight, long-lasting protective and aesthetic coating suitable for a range of industrial and commercial applications.

Machining/Drilling

CMS debuts hybrid LFAM/milling machine

The machining specialist has developed the first iteration of Kreator, a large-format, thermoplastic composite 3D printer and five-axis milling machine for tooling and jigs.
#discontinuousfiber #autoclave

Filament Winding

Engineering Technology publishes downloadable product overview

Filament winding specialist Engineering Technology Corp. has published a downloadable company and product overview that provides a summary of the filament winding software, systems and technologies available from the company.

Carbon Fibers

CRP Technology highlights Windform RS composite material for powder bed fusion processes

Polyamide-based carbon fiber-filled composite provides enhances functionality, flexibility and speed in developing intricate 3D-printed parts.

ATL/AFP

Electroimpact launches plug-and-play AFP system

Automation and automated fiber and tape placement specialist Electroimpact has introduced Scorpion, a new modular plug-and-play automated fiber placement (AFP) system designed for research and laboratory applications.