PROCESSES

Additive Manufacturing

Arevo launches direct-to-customer 3D-printed bicycle

The Superstrata brand features a fully unibody carbon fiber/polyamide frame manufactured using Arevo’s direct deposition additive manufacturing process.

Prepregs

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.

Thermoplastics

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.

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

Injection/Overmolding

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

Carbon Fibers

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

Infusion

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

ATL/AFP

Remotely installing an AFP system amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

Addcomposites has completed remote installation of AFP-XS for Regional Institute of Advanced Materials (IRMA) in France.

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

Prepregs

Hyperjoint: additive metal + composites = stronger, tougher joints

Eliminates drilling holes with lap shear 60% higher than bolted joints and almost twice that of bonded joints.
#adhesives #airbus #cuttingtools

Additive Manufacturing

Arevo launches direct-to-customer 3D-printed bicycle

The Superstrata brand features a fully unibody carbon fiber/polyamide frame manufactured using Arevo’s direct deposition additive manufacturing process.
#continuousfiberAM

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.
#a350 #automation #airbus

Automotive

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.
#electricvehicles

Design/Simulation

Engineering Technology launches servo tensioner for filament winding

The ST2 system, tested with pitch carbon fiber and alumina fiber, enables high-speed wet, dry and towpreg winding.

Thermoplastics

FLOTANT project to develop composite mooring cable system for deep water wind farms

Project partners are testing pultruded carbon fiber/thermoplastic profiles for use in a more cost-efficient, robust offshore wind farm mooring system. 

Additive Manufacturing

AZL Aachen webinar: Composites and Additive Manufacturing

AZL Aachen is hosting the second webinar in its Lightweight TechTalk series, titled, “Composites and Additive Manufacturing,” on Thursday, July 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:25 p.m. EDT (5:00-6:25 pm CET). 

NEW PRODUCTS: PROCESSES

Injection/Overmolding

KraussMaffei recompounding line available for customer trials

Applicable for extrusion and injection molding, the line enables all post-consumer LDPE, HDPE, PP or PS fractions to be processed into recompounds.
#sustainability

Filament Winding

Magnum Venus products launches fusion filament winder

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

Machining/Drilling

YG-1 solid-carbide routers designed for faster composites machining

Four new solid-carbide fiberglass routers have been launched for CNC or hand routers to handle everyday composite machining.
#aramidfiber #cuttingtools

Additive Manufacturing

Thermwood's LSAM 1010 offers lower-cost, walled large-scale additive option

The LSAM 1010 uses the walls from the company’s larger LSAM systems with the gantry, control and sub-systems from the similarly-sized LSAM MT.
#cuttingtools

Materials

Cincinnati Inc. to offer BASF 3D printing materials for SAAM HT

BASF’s ABS plastic, carbon PET and recycled PET are now offered for use with Cincinnati Inc.’s Small Area Additive Manufacturing Machine.
#peek #precursor

Epoxies

Chemical Process Services Ltd. develops greener epoxy curing agents

The Furalkamines are a new form of Mannich base curing agents said to deliver significantly enhanced cure performance for epoxy resins.
#regulation #adhesives