THERMOPLASTICS

Thermoplastics

Diab acquires SABIC’s ULTEM foam production line

The recyclable PEI thermoplastic foam will be incorporated into Diab’s portfolio under Divinycell U to be produced, sold and further developed.

Grace Nehls
Assistant Editor, CompositesWorld

Thermoplastics

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.

Core

ThermHex, EconCore invest in automated production for PP honeycomb sandwich, recycled PET products

Targeting recycled and high-performance thermoplastic options, automated R&D lines increase volume and speed for honeycomb, sandwich panel and finished part production.
#sustainability

Thermoplastics

Airborne introduces automated pick-and-weld preforming system

The robust, flexible and versatile three-step system handles a range of dry fiber and thermoplastic composite material forms for high output, improved efficiency and reduced waste.
#automation #layup

Consumer

Covestro composite materials augment high-performance active footwear

Desmopan TPU and Maezio carbon fiber-reinforced TPU fibers applied to basketball shoe and a foot shape-based running shoe concept to demonstrate comfort, style, durability and superior performance.

Videos / Podcasts

Thermoplastics

Airborne introduces automated pick-and-weld preforming system

The robust, flexible and versatile three-step system handles a range of dry fiber and thermoplastic composite material forms for high output, improved efficiency and reduced waste.
#automation #layup

Compression Molding

Reprocessable, repairable and recyclable epoxy resins for composites

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

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

Design/Simulation

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

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

Aerospace

Diab acquires SABIC’s ULTEM foam production line

The recyclable PEI thermoplastic foam will be incorporated into Diab’s portfolio under Divinycell U to be produced, sold and further developed.
#pei

Thermoplastics

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.

Automotive

ThermHex, EconCore invest in automated production for PP honeycomb sandwich, recycled PET products

Targeting recycled and high-performance thermoplastic options, automated R&D lines increase volume and speed for honeycomb, sandwich panel and finished part production.
#sustainability

Thermoplastics

Airborne introduces automated pick-and-weld preforming system

The robust, flexible and versatile three-step system handles a range of dry fiber and thermoplastic composite material forms for high output, improved efficiency and reduced waste.
#automation #layup

Consumer

Covestro composite materials augment high-performance active footwear

Desmopan TPU and Maezio carbon fiber-reinforced TPU fibers applied to basketball shoe and a foot shape-based running shoe concept to demonstrate comfort, style, durability and superior performance.

Carbon Fibers

Mitsubishi to supply CFRP components for Dymon lunar rover

Mitsubishi CFRP components and thermoplastic materials, as well as technical support will aid the Japan-based private company’s scheduled fall 2021 launch.
#space

NEW PRODUCTS: THERMOPLASTICS

Energy Storage

EconCore thermoplastic honeycomb cores deliver high-heat performance, facilitates recyclability

Honeycomb cores incorporate Sabic NORYL GTX resin for improved dimensional stability, lower water absorption and demonstration of thermoset composite skin compatibility.

Carbon Fibers

Teijin Carbon Europe launches carbon fiber/PPS UD tape

The new Tenax prepregged tape with PPS matrix allows entry into new cost-sensitive markets while offering the typical TPUD advantages like resistance to chemicals and solvents, low flammability, storage or shipping at room temperature and recyclability.
#paek #peek

Thermoplastics

Thermwood expands LSAM product line availability

Large dual gantry print and trim machines for 3D-printed thermoplastic composites offered in 15-foot width model, with wider gantry design and range of print core, print head options.

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.