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New Radar Scanner from Fraunhofer can Detect Defects in Wind Turbine Blades
New Radar Scanner from Fraunhofer can Detect Defects in Wind Turbine Blades
In order to help increase wind turbine efficiency, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF has developed an innovative radar scanner that can detect defects in composite wind turbine blades with more accuracy. By visualizing the de...
New Study Outlines Impact of Women in Manufacturing
New Study Outlines Impact of Women in Manufacturing
Last week, the Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and APICS released a study, �Women in Manufacturing: Stepping up to make an impact that matters.� The study is the result of more than 600 survey responses from women professionals in the manufacturing i...
Toho Tenax Produces Carbon Fiber Part for Porsche GT3 Cup II
Toho Tenax Produces Carbon Fiber Part for Porsche GT3 Cup II
Toho Tenax Europe GmbH has manufactured the assembly carrier for the Porsche GT3 Cup II race car. It is the first automotive part being produced in serial production with Tenax� Part via Preform (PvP) technology in Heinsberg, Germany, supplied directly...
Another high-rise fire in Dubai
Another high-rise fire in Dubai
Fire broke out in a high-rise building in Dubai yesterday,�generating a thick blanket of black smoke across the skyline. The 60-story Fountain Views complex, being built just a stone's throw from the world's tallest skyscraper, is designed to connect t...
Lamborghini to Study use of Carbon Fiber in Prosthetic Implants
Lamborghini to Study use of Carbon Fiber in Prosthetic Implants
Lamborghini announced it is collaborating with Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) on a study focused on a biocompatibility study of composite materials to be used mainly in prosthetic implants and subcutaneous devices. The aim is to identify n...
Workhorse Unveils W-15 Electric Pickup Truck
Workhorse Unveils W-15 Electric Pickup Truck
U.S. firm Workhorse has debuted its W-15: the automotive industry�s first electric pickup truck built from the ground up. Other electric pickup trucks have been made in the past, but the W-15 is the first that was not converted from an existing truck.
NASA Unveils Rover Concept for 2020 Mission to Mars
NASA Unveils Rover Concept for 2020 Mission to Mars
Last week, NASA�s Kennedy Space Center unveiled a robotic Mars rover that will launch in 2020 and will land on the planet by 2021. It will spend at least one Mars year (two Earth years) exploring the landing site region. NASA hopes the data from the ro...
Dr. Zhengrong Shi Introduces eArche: A Breakthrough Composite Solar Panel
Dr. Zhengrong Shi Introduces eArche: A Breakthrough Composite Solar Panel
Dr. Zhengrong Shi, an Australian businessman known as the �Sun King,� has introduced eArche, a super flexible, ultrathin solar panel�that could stretch along building facades, atop buses, or on top of carports to charge electric cars. According to Shi,...
McLaren Begins Full-Scale Production of 720S Supercar
McLaren Begins Full-Scale Production of 720S Supercar
Last week, McLaren Automotive it will begin full-scale production of its 720S supercar and that the first 720S has already rolled off the production line. The new series, which was unveiled last month at the Geneva International Motor Show, will replac...
Scaled Composites Completes Test of Stratolaunch, the World�s Largest Composite Aircraft
Scaled Composites Completes Test of Stratolaunch, the World�s Largest Composite Aircraft
Mojave, Calif.-based Scaled Composites announced that its Stratolaunch aircraft was towed outside for the first time to begin its ground test phase. The concept of the plane was a product of combined innovation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and ...
At least six dead in Portugal fireworks factory fire
At least six dead in Portugal fireworks factory fire
Reuters reports that a huge explosion ripped through a fireworks factory in Northern Portugal on Tuesday, killing six people including the factory owner. At least four of the deceased were from the same family; two more workers are missing. It is unkno...
Airbus Perlan 2 Reaches its Highest Altitude to Date
Airbus Perlan 2 Reaches its Highest Altitude to Date
Last week, Airbus� Perlan Mission II glider broke its own altitude record by reaching 30,615 feet while flying over the Sierra Nevada mountains. The mission is part of Airbus� initiative to eventually fly the glider without an engine to the edge of spa...
Composite-Made Flying Boats from Atol Avion Coming to Maine
Composite-Made Flying Boats from Atol Avion Coming to Maine
Atol Avion, a Finnish company making a new class of high-performance flying amphibious aircraft, announced that Brunswick Landing in Maine will become its U.S. headquarters and production base.
Ashland Launches North American Corrosion Science Center
Ashland Launches North American Corrosion Science Center
According to NACE International, the direct costs of corrosion in 2014 were estimated at $540 billion in the U.S. and $2.3 trillion worldwide. Last week, a major player in the composites industry took a major step in the fight against corrosion.
Georgia Tech Researchers Develop 3-D Printing Method for Shape-Shifting Objects
Georgia Tech Researchers Develop 3-D Printing Method for Shape-Shifting Objects
According to Georgia Tech�s Research�Horizons�magazine, a team of researchers from Georgia Tech and two other institutions from Singapore and China has developed a 3-D printing method to create objects that can permanently transform into a range of dif...
Composite Recycling Technology Center to Reuse CFRP for Park Benches
Composite Recycling Technology Center to Reuse CFRP for Park Benches
Port Angeles, Wash.-based Composite Recycling Technology Center has received $10,000 in seed money from the city�s Parks and Recreation Department for a pilot project to create park benches with recycled CFRP. According to CRTC�s CEO Bob Larsen, the mo...
BMW i Ventures and Al Gore-led Firm Invest $55 Million in Proterra
BMW i Ventures and Al Gore-led Firm Invest $55 Million in Proterra
Proterra, a major player in heavy-duty electric transportation, has closed a $55 million funding round with new investors BMW i Ventures and Al Gore�s Generation Investment Management. The company plans to utilize the investment to increase production ...
New Apple Store in Dubai Features Composite �Solar Wings�
New Apple Store in Dubai Features Composite �Solar Wings�
Last Thursday, Apple opened its new store in Dubai. Apple�s first two stores in the United Arab Emirates have welcomed more than 4 million visitors since opening in Dubai and Abu Dhabi 18 months ago. Apple will reach even more visitors from around the ...
Volvo to Adopt More Lightweight Composites from Henkel for Leaf Springs
Volvo to Adopt More Lightweight Composites from Henkel for Leaf Springs
According to a news release from Henkel, Volvo is adopting high performance, lightweight composite transverse leaf springs for more models following the company�s successful introduction several months ago on its premium crossover SUV, the XC90. Volvo ...
Boeing Celebrates First 737 MAX Delivery
Boeing Celebrates First 737 MAX Delivery
Last week, Boeing celebrated the first delivery of its new 737 MAX. The airplane, a 737 MAX 8, was handed over to Malindo Air at the Seattle Delivery Center. The Malaysia-based airline will be the first to put the 737 MAX into commercial service.
Magna International and Ford Develop Composite Subframe Reducing Weight by 34 Percent
Magna International and Ford Develop Composite Subframe Reducing Weight by 34 Percent
As part of a collaborative R&D project with Ford Motor Company, Magna International has developed a prototype carbon fiber composite subframe that reduces mass by 34 percent compared to making a stamped steel equivalent. The purpose of the research was...
Introducing PassivDom: An Autonomous 3-D printed Composite Solar-Powered House
Introducing PassivDom: An Autonomous 3-D printed Composite Solar-Powered House
Ukrainian engineer Max Gerbut and his team has created an autonomous, 3-D printed, composite solar powered-house called PassivDom. Gerbut and the PassivDom team claim the 387 square foot house, made with an industrial 3-D printer, is the first totally ...
Composites Will Have Big Presence at 2017 Paris Air Show
Composites Will Have Big Presence at 2017 Paris Air Show
More than 100 companies exhibiting at this week�s Paris Air Show (June 19-25 in Le Bourget) are listed on the event�s website as having some form of expertise in composites. And that�s before factoring in OEMs like Boeing, which will bring a test versi...
Decision SA Sells First Composite-Made Flying River Taxi
Decision SA Sells First Composite-Made Flying River Taxi
Lausanne, France-based DECISION SA, a composite manufacturer that contributed to the creation many innovative composite creations, including the famous Solar Impulse aircraft, has signed a deal for the delivery of its first SeaBubble � a river taxi equ...
Damen Shipyards Unveils New Composite Water Bus
Damen Shipyards Unveils New Composite Water Bus
At a recent event at its headquarters in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, Damen Shipyards demonstrated its next generation composite �Water Bus,� the 2407, to a private international audience. As part of the event, guests were invited to experience the wate...
Lowe�s and Virginia Tech Collaborate on Robotic Suit for Employees
Lowe�s and Virginia Tech Collaborate on Robotic Suit for Employees
Retail giant Lowe�s and researchers from Virginia Tech have joined forces to develop an exosuit � a wearable suit with lift-assist technology. According to Virginia Tech�s news department, the lightweight exosuit is designed to help employees lift and ...
ACMA Puts Emphasis on Composites in Architecture at AIA 2017
ACMA Puts Emphasis on Composites in Architecture at AIA 2017
During the American Institute of Architects (AIA) show, April 27-29 in Orlando, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) held its fourth annual Composites Pavilion. The pavilion was an opportunity for architects, engineers and designers...
This Eye-Catching Composite Pavilion in Stuttgart was inspired by Moths
This Eye-Catching Composite Pavilion in Stuttgart was inspired by Moths
Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart have used robots and drones to weave a unique, 39-foot composite pavilion inspired by moth webs. The research pavilion, based at the university�s Institute for Computational Design and Construct...
Audi A8 Will Feature Carbon Core Technology Similar to BMW
Audi A8 Will Feature Carbon Core Technology Similar to BMW
For the next generation of the A8, Audi is employing a mix of four materials � CFRP composites, aluminum, steel and magnesium, in the body structure, known as the Audi Space Frame (ASF). While most of the car will be made of different alloys, carbon fi...
UK Set to Construct World�s First Modular GFRP Bridge
UK Set to Construct World�s First Modular GFRP Bridge
UK-based design consultancy Arup and bridge specialist Mabey announced they have delivered the world�s first modular, rapid-assembly glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) bridge.
Ford Tests 3-D Printing of Large Scale Car Parts
Ford Tests 3-D Printing of Large Scale Car Parts
Ford announced it has begun testing 3D printing of large-scale car parts using Stratasys� Infinite Build 3D printer. Ford is the first automotive company to trial this technology with Stratasys. �As part of the partnership, which was announced in Augus...
Pink Gin VI, World�s Largest Carbon Fiber Sloop, Hits Water May 12
Pink Gin VI, World�s Largest Carbon Fiber Sloop, Hits Water May 12
Baltic Yachts� all-carbon composite, 160-ton single-mast yacht the Pink Gin VI is one pace to debut in the water by May 12.
This Fiberglass Drone Can Survive Almost Any Crash
This Fiberglass Drone Can Survive Almost Any Crash
Researchers at the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) and the Floreano Lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have creative a flexible drone that recoils during a crash.
KalamSat, The World�s Lightest Satellite Will Show how CFRP Performs in Space
KalamSat, The World�s Lightest Satellite Will Show how CFRP Performs in Space
Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old from India, has made a 3-D printed satellite that weighs just 2.25 ounces and is lighter than an iPhone. The satellite, dubbed KalamSat, was named after the former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
ACMA Announces May is CCT Month
ACMA Announces May is CCT Month
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) announced that the month of May is Certified Composites Technician (CCT) Month. CCT is recognized as the only certification program of its kind in the composites industry, and CCT Month celebrate...
Thousands of workers take first of its kind hot work safety program
Thousands of workers take first of its kind hot work safety program
As the city of Boston remembered Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy who died battling a fire on Beacon Street in Boston three years ago this week, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced that more than 13,000 work...
Model One 3-D Printer from Impossible Objects Could Transform Manufacturing
Model One 3-D Printer from Impossible Objects Could Transform Manufacturing
During RAPID�+�TCT 2017, one of the world�s premier conference dedicated to advances in additive manufacturing, Impossible Objects unveiled its Model One printer, which the company believes has the potential to revolutionize how industries approaches 3...
Composites Industry Partners Develop First COPV from Continuous Recycled Carbon Fiber
Composites Industry Partners Develop First COPV from Continuous Recycled Carbon Fiber
During SAMPE Seattle 2017, Steelhead Composites, in partnership with Vartega and Michelman, debuted the first composite overwrapped pressure vessel (COPV) manufactured from continuous recycled carbon fiber tow.
Henrik Fisker to Produce Electric Car with 400-mile Range
Henrik Fisker to Produce Electric Car with 400-mile Range
Renowned car designer Henrik Fisker has returned to the electric vehicle market with a new vehicle, the �EMotion,� which can travel up to 400 miles on a single charge thanks to a body structure made of carbon fiber composites and aluminum and innovativ...
McLaren Introduces All-New 570S Spider
McLaren Introduces All-New 570S Spider
On Wednesday, composite industry trailblazer McLaren unveiled its all-new McLaren 570S Spider. The two-seat, rear-wheel drive 570S Spider is the third bodystyle in McLaren�s Sports Series portfolio, lining up alongside the Coup� and the GT. The company...
ACMA Teaches Benefits of Composites to Engineers at 2017 International Bridge Conference
ACMA Teaches Benefits of Composites to Engineers at 2017 International Bridge Conference
Last week, during the 2017 International Bridge Conference in National Harbor, Md., the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) held its 17th consecutive technical workshop at the International Bridge Conference. Through a series of presen...