RESINS

Thermoplastics

Cato Composites expands thermoplastic composites production capacity

Larger facility and expanded development team to increase market position and fulfill new orders in safety and sporting goods.

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Carbon 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.

Carbon Fibers

German composite specialist INVENT collaborates in SUSTAINair for increased aircraft circularity

Three-and-a-half-year, 11-partner EU project will include metals and composites spanning design, manufacturing, maintenance, repair, assembly and recycling.
#SHM #composites4_0

Thermoplastics

Wing of Tomorrow ribs: One-shot, thermoplastic, OOA consolidation

GKN Aerospace’s carbon fiber thermoplastic aircraft rib design accomplishes 45-minute cycle times, reduced weight and competitive costs via a customized press system.
#nextgenaerospace #workinprogress #airbus

Hot zone chart

Resins for the Hot Zone, Part I: Polyimides

 As next-generation aerospace programs demand higher service temperatures in structural and hot section components, a variety of polyimides vie for program approval.
#marketing #sustainability #adhesives

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Videos / Podcasts

Construction

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

Construction

Automated weaving system targets high-performance, high-volume applications

Startup WEAV3D Inc.’s technology produces highly tunable, woven lattice reinforcements for cost-effective, high-volume automotive composites and precast concrete applications.
#weaving #workinprogress #automation

ATL/AFP

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

Injection/Overmolding

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

Aerospace

Manufacturing the upper half of the Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator (MFFD)

Proving industrial reliability for low-cost thermoplastic composites production using AFP in-situ consolidation, as well as continuous ultrasonic and resistance welding.
#cleansky #paek

Pultrusion

Composite rebar for future infrastructure

GFRP eliminates risk of corrosion and increases durability fourfold for reinforced concrete that meets future demands as traffic, urbanization and extreme weather increase.
#insidemanufacturing #frprebar #infrastructure

Thermoplastics

Flexible carbon fiber plates enable high-performance footwear

Carbitex’s flexible carbon fiber/thermoplastic composite plates use creative engineering to eliminate design compromises in athletic footwear.
#workinprogress

Thermoplastics

Cato Composites expands thermoplastic composites production capacity

Larger facility and expanded development team to increase market position and fulfill new orders in safety and sporting goods.
#workforcedevelopment

Additive Manufacturing

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.

Glass Fibers

German composite specialist INVENT collaborates in SUSTAINair for increased aircraft circularity

Three-and-a-half-year, 11-partner EU project will include metals and composites spanning design, manufacturing, maintenance, repair, assembly and recycling.
#SHM #composites4_0

Epoxies

RAMPF offers lightweight construction with high-performance epoxy board and liquid materials

Raku Tool epoxy boards, gelcoats, laminating resins and infusion and RTM systems offered, with encompassing technical support.

Thermoplastics

TUMI unveils premium composite capsule luggage and travel collection inspired by McLaren

Nine-piece collection embodies TUMI and McLaren’s mutual focus on quality, lifestyle and advanced material usage for elegant business, and travel.
#formula1

Thermoplastics

Alpine Advanced Materials thermoplastic nanocomposite demonstrates UV resistance

UVA and UVC testing on the aviation-grade thermoplastic nanocomposite, HX5, found no performance degradation or impact on physical appearance.

NEW PRODUCTS: RESINS

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

Additive Manufacturing

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.

Thermoplastics

Stratasys carbon fiber material for 3D printer line is more functional, lightweight and versatile

ABS-based carbon fiber material for the Stratasys F123 Series 3D printer line is 15% stronger and 50% stiffer compared to standard ABS.

Epoxies

ATL Composites epoxy laminating system maintains new surfboard appearance

KINETIX R111 is a solvent-free, liquid epoxy resin optimized with a translucent blue tint that produces a clear, bright finish for surfboard products.

Aerospace

Dynamic Modifiers introduces low-smoke, flame-retardant thermoplastic compound

Made for a wide range of markets, PAL...VersaCHAR addresses concerns surrounding traditional flame-retardant materials without sacrificing performance.

Thermoplastics

ICP thermoplastic tension members enable flex strength improvement

TM continuous fiber-reinforced rods help plastic parts perform more like metal by increasing load capacity and overall stiffness of the molded part.