PROCESSES

Glass Fibers

Composites as auto-body reinforcements

Hybrid structural-reinforcement technology expands options, gains applications, markets.
#adhesives #workinprogress #electricvehicles

Thermoplastics

Purdue University to establish Thermwood LSAM research laboratory

Industry-funded research to pursue large-scale composite thermoplastic additive manufacturing, with the goal of providing services to enhance, encourage and expand the adoption of large-scale AM for diverse industrial applications.

Filament Winding

Huntsman Advanced Materials resin systems meet composite pressure vessel requirements

Araldite resin systems cover wet and towpreg filament winding and RTM manufacturing processes for increased productivity and greater part consistency.

Videos / Podcasts

Design/Simulation

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

Additive Manufacturing

Thermwood presents low-cost LSAM Additive Systems

LSAM Additive Printer is built around a 30-mm print head while retaining all features and print quality known to the company’s large flagship LSAM systems.

Infusion

Impact tests on RAMSSES ship hull demonstrator show resilience of composites

Damen Shipbuilding and project consortium partners test 6-meter-high, resin-infused composite hull section.
#regulation

Thermoplastics

Challenges of laser-assisted tape winding of thermoplastic composites

Practical solutions for process-related challenges in LATW, which has great potential for pressure vessels and storage tanks.
#troubleshooter

Aerospace

ENLIGHTEN program launched to speed thermoplastic composites industrialization

Multi-scale modeling, testing, sensors and machine learning will advance understanding and algorithms to achieve process control and optimization for both aerospace and automotive supply chains.
#paek #composites4_0

Pultrusion

Kent Pultrusion ships ServoPul machines to North American pultruder

Kent Pultrusion will install two of its ServoPul 2412 fully electric pultrusion lines at two North American plants. 

Curing

Contactless measurement of temperature, pressure in composites

Magnetic microwires enable contactless measurement of temperature and pressure during cure and in service.
#trends #composites4_0

Thermoplastics

Purdue University to establish Thermwood LSAM research laboratory

Industry-funded research to pursue large-scale composite thermoplastic additive manufacturing, with the goal of providing services to enhance, encourage and expand the adoption of large-scale AM for diverse industrial applications.

RTM

Huntsman Advanced Materials resin systems meet composite pressure vessel requirements

Araldite resin systems cover wet and towpreg filament winding and RTM manufacturing processes for increased productivity and greater part consistency.

Machining/Drilling

Best practices in the CNC machining of composites

Machining composite materials is a challenging task. Proper tool selection, machine settings and process innovations help make it manageable.
#pastpresentandfuture #cuttingtools

Automotive

Huntsman PU resin systems enable lightweight sandwich construction for automotive

Vitrox RTM and Rimline FC polyurethane systems to advance lightweighting, design freedom and simplified manufacturing opportunities.

Compression Molding

Strata to manufacture compression-molded components for Pilatus PC-24

Strata to deliver composite engine mounting flaps, as well as the horizontal flap and conical stabilizer of the aircraft's tail per a seven-year deal.

Injection/Overmolding

WEAV3D, GAA partner to expand structural composite opportunities in automotive sector

Tunable, composite lattice structures produced via patented automated weaving process able to support automotive volumes of hundreds of thousands of units per year.
#weaving

NEW PRODUCTS: PROCESSES

ATL/AFP

Borflex releases compacting AFP roller range

Applicable to thermoset or thermoplastic prepregs, the Fiberroll compacting roller range ensure optimal surface appearance, rugosity and geometry while avoiding material adherence.

Additive Manufacturing

Thermwood presents low-cost LSAM Additive Systems

LSAM Additive Printer is built around a 30-mm print head while retaining all features and print quality known to the company’s large flagship LSAM systems.

Thermoplastics

Thermwood advances LSAM capabilities with automatic print temperature monitoring 

Thermal Sensor Layer Automation system uses a non-contact temperature sensor for continuous temperature data, ensuring precise fusion between large-scale thermoplastic printed layers.

Additive Manufacturing

Teton SmartSlice 2.0 offers improved functionalities

Simulation tool for 3D printing provides more ergonomic user features, including view displacement options, tooltips and 10 new material options.

Infusion

New book covers practical issues associated with resin infusion processes

Author details the mechanics of materials for the construction of laminates manufactured with the aid of pressure, computer simulations and infusion strategies and more.

Carbon Fibers

Anisoprint launches Aura 2.1 slicing software for continuous fiber 3D printing

New features include “masks” giving users greater control over fiber reinforcement in an easy-to-visualize manner.
#continuousfiberAM