Composites UK, the trade association for the UK composites supply chain, will be hosting two events in May 2017 with some big name speakers.
Although the VW Group has mastered the art of platform sharing, the seven manufacturers under its umbrella go to great lengths to differentiate their vehicles. The latest concept to come from Volkswagen throws that approach out, acting as a base for the Group to develop ideas about autonomy.
Bipedal bots have been a dream for years, but are now more mobile than ever before.
Characterising and investigating composite material properties relies on modern equipment and the expertise of skilled materials scientists. But what types of testing do laboratories conduct and why is it so important?
According to a report, global industrial fasteners market was valued at around USD 76.50 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach USD 105.0 billion in 2020, growing at a CAGR of around 5.4% between 2015 and 2020.
Rotherham based metal manufacturing specialist, MTL Advanced, has won a significant order to supply complex safety critical fabrications to a leading rail industry OEM which will ultimately be used for the London Crossrail project.
The competition titans of the aircraft industry released its 2016 reports for orders, deliveries and backlogs for 2016. While both aircraft makers posted strong numbers, Airbus (Toulouse, France) had 731 net orders to Boeing’s (Seattle, Wash.) 688. Airbus jumped ahead of Boeing when it booked a sale for 98 airplanes to Iran in December.
With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time to look forward to 2017 and the 3D printing technologies and innovations to get excited about. 2016 has been a year of acquisitions and funding with the likes of Formlabs, Desktop Metal and Carbon closing large rounds and GE stepping into the market with the acquisitions of Arcam and Concept Laser. So what are companies doing in this space to inspire such an influx of money and interest? Below we highlight 3 technologies to watch out for in 2017.
Tough, lightweight silicon carbide fibers will help improve the fuel efficiency of General Electric's aircraft engines and could spread to other uses, following in the footsteps of earlier Japanese innovations in materials engineering.
Since 2013 the trade association Composites Germany has been gathering indicators on current and future developments in composites, based on six-monthly member surveys conducted by AVK, CFK Valley, CCeV and VDMA.
The results of the fifth survey, which covers the first half of 2015, are now available. According to these results, there has been a positive assessment of the current business situation, a continuous friendly investment climate, and an optimistic view of the future reported. The main growth drivers were found in the automotive industry and CRP.
Innovative and pioneering spirit - two key terms that have a high priority at ExOne: the company from Gersthofen near Augsburg, which is one of the leading manufacturers in plant production and the development of innovative process technology for digital sand mold production, is delighted to offer its customers something new. Not only because of the name of the European headquarter - S. Kent Rockwell 3-D Printing Innovation Center – indicates it, but also because, besides the in-house production of 3D sand printing systems, they also have a Production Service Center, customer service and also a very active research and development department.
Collaboration between the University of Surrey’s (U.K.) Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), the University of Bristol’s (U.K.) Advanced Composite Center for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) and aerospace company Bombardier has developed a new technology that increases the electrical and thermal conductivity of carbon fiber reinforced composites.
The National Composites Centre (NCC) will receive a £10 million Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) investment announced by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson. The funding given to the Universities of Nottingham and Bristol to anchor composites manufacturing research in the UK is for the Future Composites Manufacturing Hub (FCM Hub). The aim is to develop the next generation of composites technologies and train the people required to deliver those innovations. The grant which comes to support the FCM Hub has the target of delivering research outputs to enable “Moore’s law for composites," a doubling in production capability every two years for high performance polymer composites. The FCM Hub will also train the next generation of composites manufacturing engineers.
The Aberfeldy Footbridge across the river Tay in Perthshire, Scotland, had previously a title of the longest FRP span bridge in the world.
Forming large workpieces for mould manufacturing requires machining technology on a big scale. Ed Hill hears how investment in a new CMS Poseidon 5-axis machining centre is helping one UK subcontractor expand its business in more ways than one.
Every Oscar fist-pumped or tearfully cradled by Academy Award winners is first cast, buffed and fussed over at a foundry far from Hollywood.
The ultra-modern A. Alfred Taubman Complex will soon offer a source of daily inspiration for engineering and architecture students of Lawrence Technological University in Michigan, USA. The centerpiece of the new, three-story structure will be a uniquely designed spherical stairwell built from FRP composite materials.
3D4Makers, a Netherlands-based developer of 3D printing materials, has devised a new way to extrude filament that does not require water. The company's multiple jet air cooling system can cool extruded 3D printing filament as effectively as water while reducing overall production time.
The new Wele bridge-type machining centre from 2D CNC Machinery gives Glassworks Hounsell a 5-face processing capability that has enabled it combine, for instance, six or seven operations into just two. It is helping the business expand its subcontract production services into other areas and attracting new customers.
Backed by Innovate UK, Surface Generation is working with project partners to create enhanced automotive components, exploiting its patented PtFS production process to overmould long-fibre reinforced carbon composites with short-fibre thermoplastics. Surface Generation will develop manufacturing solutions for the production of coupons, sub-element components and demonstrator articles, designed to improve the performance of automotive.
Featuring Smart Machine technology, the Soraluce FL8000 moving column, floor-type milling-boring machine was one of a number of machines ordered/sold at the event. “Single set-up machining in increasingly automated environments…is the way forward,” says Soraluce‘s managing director, Rafael Idigoras. Soraluce’s R & D Director, Xabier Mendizabal: “The market is always evolving and customer requirements are increasingly more demanding. We are constantly striving to develop new solutions to meet these demands”
For machining pattern board, aluminium mould tools and components made from composite materials, Eynsham-based Lentus Composites has installed a Sahos Dynamic bridge-type machining centre with a 5-metre X-axis. Built in the Czech Republic by Blue Ray, the 5-axis machine was delivered and commissioned in March 2016 by sole UK agent, Asquith Butler. Simon Odling, managing director of Lentus commented, “There are a number of high-speed machining centres on the market, mainly of European origin, that are directly applicable to production in the composites industry.
Rockman Industries, an auto component arm of $5 billion Hero Group, on Monday announced phased acquisition of majority stake in Moldex Composites which produces carbon composites used primarily for aircraft manufacturing, motorsports and now increasingly in high-end hybrid and electric cars.
A detailed study by the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, MI, has concluded that if automakers really want to reduce weight in vehicles, they will increasingly need to turn to fiber-reinforced plastic composites to achieve their aims.
Ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials are made of coated ceramic fibers surrounded by a ceramic matrix. They are tough, lightweight and capable of withstanding temperatures 300–400 degrees F hotter than metal alloys can endure. If certain components were made with CMCs instead of metal alloys, the turbine engines of aircraft and power plants could operate more efficiently at higher temperatures, combusting fuel more completely and emitting fewer pollutants.