XlynX Materials BondLynx and PlastiLynx for low surface energy PP, PE substrates

Award-winning Xlynx materials use breakthrough “diazirine” technology to boost bond strength up to 950% as adhesives, primers and textile strengtheners.

Ginger Gardiner
Senior Technical Editor, CompositesWorld


Brighton Science unveils BConnect: The world's first surface intelligence platform

Next-generation solution combines diagnostic tools with data analytics to understand and prevent bonding and adhesion issues in composites and other industries.


JEC World 2023 preview: Composites Expert

Online learning platform E-Learning Composites Academy launches a preview of its new module of welding technologies for thermoplastic composites.
#jec #workforcedevelopment


STUNNING project completes lower half of MFFD

Clean Sky project has delivered the 8 × 4 meter welded aerostructure component, aided by advanced thermoplastic composite technologies and smart robotics.  
#wingoftomorrow #space


Toray develops high-speed thermal welding for thermoset composites

Novel technology forms a thermally weldable layer on the surface of carbon fiber-reinforced thermoset or thermoplastic components, further validated by demonstrators.
#wingoftomorrow #space

Structural adhesives, Part I: Industrial

Structural adhesives, Part I: Industrial

Today’s myriad chemistry options enable formulators to tailor adhesives to customers' exact application requirements.
#adhesives #windblades #outofautoclave

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Twenco develops sensors for smart molds and process control in resin infusion and composites welding

Non-invasive DEA and NDT Analyzer for multi-parameter monitoring, QA and control, including real time simulation feed and 3D process visualization across and through composite parts.
#ndi #sensors #automation


DLR Institute of Structures and Design releases video on TB-Rumpf welded thermoplastic composites

Autoclave-free consolidation and resistance welding validated for future aircraft thermoplastic composite fuselage.
#nextgenaerospace #outofautoclave

Hi-Temp Resins

Plant tour: Qarbon Aerospace, Milledgeville, Ga. and Red Oak, Texas

Veteran aerostructures Tier 1 transforms into 21st century leader in thermoplastic composites and multiple new markets.
#planttour #wingoftomorrow #space


Sensors: Data for next-gen composites manufacturing

In the quest for sustainability, sensors are reducing cycle times, energy use and waste, automating closed-loop process control and increasing knowledge to open new possibilities for intelligent manufacturing and structures.
#sensors #windblades #SHM


SAM|XL develops closed-loop manufacturing for composites

Collaborative R&D center at TU Delft develops sensor- and robot-based automation for Composites 4.0 manufacturing, including STUNNING project for welded assembly of a thermoplastic composite fuselage demonstrator.
#composites4-0 #cleansky #nextgenaerospace

Compression Molding

Reprocessable, repairable and recyclable epoxy resins for composites

CIDETEC matures 3R resins for aerospace applications via AIRPOXY program.
#sustainability #wingoftomorrow #space


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 #wingoftomorrow


PlasmaBound raises funding to accelerate bonding technology adaptation

Irish Startup earned €3.1 million in 2022 to brings its controlled polymer ablation (CPA) technology for composite materials to mass-market applications.  


TPRC training courses target thermoplastic composites

Three upcoming in-person thermoplastic composites courses, ranging from entry-level to advanced, are organized to enhance composites professionals’ knowledge in this burgeoning field.  


DLR develops additive WeldSealer process to seal joints, edges or modify surfaces

The robotic process developed for large components protects joints and edges, prevents cracks and allows multipart structures to be created as if cast in one piece.
#wingoftomorrow #space


Collins Aerospace selected by AFRL to build thermoplastic composite fin for F-16

Part of $100 million, five-year investment to advance, qualify thermoplastic composites for military and commercial aero applications.  


Collins Aerospace demonstrates new thermoplastic composites capabilities

Collins Aerospace in Almere has produced a 7-meter raceway for the Clean Sky 2 MFFD lower fuselage using novel CCM and tooling technology while the Riverside facility in the U.S. advances AFP and welding as part of global strategy for more sustainable airframes.
#sustainability #wingoftomorrow #space


Molecular Plasma Group obtains “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label for MolecularGRIP

Solvent-free surface functionalization technology uses low amounts of chemistry and little energy to prime composites and dissimilar materials prior to bonding in addition to other functionalities.  



Thermal Mapping Application digitizes GMI Aero hot bonder console

The TMApp enables operators to track and visualize the temperature field during composite repair or manufacture in real time using Anita 4.0 and Anita EZ bonding/repair bonder solutions.  


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Rotaloc International

Rotaloc bonding fasteners come in a variety of baseplate styles, threads, sizes and materials for high-strength, nondestructive bonding with fiber-reinforced composites and thermoset/thermoformed plastics.  


Conagen develops high-performing debondable adhesives

Sustainable hot melt adhesives aim to resolve traditional hurdles in bonding.
#sustainability #adhesives


Patent-pending welder rapidly melts thermoplastics

The FlatJet Welder, designed for thermoplastic components of all sizes, blasts a thin, directed jet of uniform, high-temperature air/gas for a fast, full-surface melt.


3M announces its enhanced 3M Scotch-Weld Structural Acrylic Adhesives portfolio

New offerings include low odor, enhanced performance, high elongation and nylon bonding capabilities.

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Henkel develops REACH-compliant structural adhesive for aircraft interiors

FST-certified Loctite EA 9365FST reinforces and bonds thermoplastic and thermoset substrates and can serve as a matrix resin on fiberglass to strengthen the thin walls of thermoplastic assemblies
#adhesives #wingoftomorrow #space