THERMOPLASTICS

Molds/Tools

Composites speed concrete facade fabrication

The 45-story One South First building, on the 11-acre Domino Park campus in Brooklyn, N.Y., features a geometrically complex concrete facade made, in part, with composite molds fabricated using large-format additive manufacturing.

Jeff Sloan
Editor-in-Chief, CompositesWorld

Thermoplastics

Clean Sky 2 program publishes 2019 report

Clean Sky’s 2019 report highlights innovative technologies like a thermoplastic fuselage barrel, digitization of aircraft maintenance and more. 
#cleansky #sustainability #nextgenaerospace

Molds/Tools

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.
#education #autoclave #boeing

Hi-Temp Resins

Bieglo GmbH adds new high-performance polymers to product lineup

The Germany-based company has added polybenzimidazole (PBI) and thermosetting polyimide (PI-s) to its product families.
#education #peek #polyimide

Videos / Podcasts

Molds/Tools

3D printing large composite molds with a 5-axis CNC machine

Hungarian manufacturer uses CEAD Robot Extruder to cut composite tooling time and cost.
#cuttingtools #layup #application

Compression Molding

Industrial production line for recycling thermoplastic polymers and composites into organosheet

ThermoPRIME and Thermosaïc technologies recycle plastic and composite waste via modular, flexible equipment.
#cuttingtools #sustainability #peek

Injection/Overmolding

Proving out LM PAEK welding for Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator

Clean Sky 2 STUNNING project will manufacture lower thermoplastic fuselage while MECATESTERS will test Toray LM PAEK in conduction and induction welding for parameters, cyclic loading, aging and environmental effects .
#peek #paek #composites4_0

Thermoplastics

STELIA Aerospace participates in AILE project with Bombardier

STELIA Aéronautique Canada’s R&T teams will lead the project to build a thermoplastic composite trailing edge flap as a testbed for Bombardier.
#workforcedevelopment #stelia

Carbon Fibers

Episode 30: Gary Sharpless, Concordia Fibers, Boston Materials Inc.

Composites industry veteran and marketing advisor Gary Sharpless discusses his more than 35 years in the industry and his current advisory roles with Concordia Fibers and Boston Materials.
#closedmolding #layup #outofautoclave

Filament Winding

Albany International acquires CirComp GmbH

German innovator in RTM will help Albany Engineered Composites accelerate technology development in thermoplastic composites
#f-35 #cuttingtools #closedmolding

Carbon Fibers

3D printing continuous fiber on the desktop

Additive manufacturing technology company expands offerings to include high-performance composites.
#pekk #autoclave #boeing

Thermoplastics

Clean Sky 2 program publishes 2019 report

Clean Sky’s 2019 report highlights innovative technologies like a thermoplastic fuselage barrel, digitization of aircraft maintenance and more. 
#cleansky #sustainability #nextgenaerospace

Molds/Tools

JEC Group announces 2020 Innovation Awards winners

The 13 winners were announced during a virtual ceremony on May 13.
#trends #sustainability #bulkmoldingcompound

Epoxies

Revolutionizing the composites cost paradigm, Part 2: Forming

Boeing-led parts trials explore infusion, compression molding and thermoplastics, offering lessons and supply chain options to better compete with aluminum.
#education #autoclave #boeing

Prepregs

RAPM development with PtFS

Boeing-led program explores rapid part cycles using automated, 180-channel thermal control molding cell for infusion, thermoset prepreg and thermoplastic composites.

Thermoplastics

9T Labs, Arkema present new manufacturing approach for small aerospace parts

The companies demonstrate cost-competitive series production of structural composite parts using carbon fiber/PEKK materials and additive manufacturing.

Pultrusion

Curve in the road: First curved pultruded auto parts

Thomas Technik + Innovation KG’s radius pultrusion process unlocks new possibilities for the automotive market and beyond.

NEW PRODUCTS: THERMOPLASTICS

Hi-Temp Resins

Bieglo GmbH adds new high-performance polymers to product lineup

The Germany-based company has added polybenzimidazole (PBI) and thermosetting polyimide (PI-s) to its product families.
#education #peek #polyimide

Thermoplastics

Tepex thermoplastic composites demonstrate fire resistance for EVs

Bond-Laminates’ continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite has passed flammability tests for car interiors.
#electricvehicles #polyacrylonitrile #precursor

Processes

3M VHB tape provides solution for difficult-to-bond materials

The tape works as a bonding solution for LSE substrates like polypropylene, thermoplastic olefins and thermoplastic elastomers, as well as composite materials like glass-reinforced plastic or fiber-reinforced plastic.
#adhesives

Thermoplastics

Bio-derived thermoplastic elastomers designed for overmolding

PolyOne’s reSound OM thermoplastic elastomers, derived from sugarcane, are said to offer hardness levels and performance comparable to standard TPEs.
#electronics

Thermoplastics

Johns Manville launches three nylon thermoplastic organosheet product series

The OS-6, NCF-6 and CR-6 series use in-situ polymerization technology for enhanced properties in lightweight structural applications.
#weaving

Thermoplastics

Karl Mayer thermoplastic UD tape production line designed for mass production

The SIM.PLY production line is designed for large-scale production of thermoplastic UD tapes for lightweight structural compone