Plataine launches composites industry survey

This 10-minute survey, distributed by CW, is designed to help assess the composites industry’s willingness and ability to adopt new technologies that can ramp up production and improve efficiency.

Jeff Sloan
Editor-in-Chief, CompositesWorld

Glass Fibers

Adaptive composite elements for building facades exhibited at JEC World 2023

University of Stuttgart institutes use carbon and glass fiber composites, robotic fabrication, biomimetic design and digial twin/control to demonstrate adaptive facade elements for future buildings.

Mass Transit

Innoptus Solar Team uses Jetcam software to optimize production of solar vehicle

The world title-holding, Belgium racing team is producing its tenth composites-intensive solar car using Jetcam Expert nesting software.


Volume Graphics releases CT scan data inspection software 2023.1

Volume Graphics 2023.1 software supports battery inspection and uses enhanced AI/machine learning in a new, easier interface.


JEC World 2023 preview: CGTech

Advanced programming and simulation for the production of composite parts will be highlighted through CGTech’s Vericut software products, including VCP, VCS and Vericut.  
#automation #jec

virtual reality for composites manufacturing

Advancing composites through virtual and augmented reality

A review of technologies that are bridging the technical divide between the virtual world of design and simulation, and the real-world of composites manufacturing and repair.
#a350 #space #airbus

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Optimizing a thermoplastic composite helicopter door hinge

9T Labs used Additive Fusion Technology to iterate CFRTP designs, fully exploit continuous fiber printing and outperform stainless steel and black metal designs in failure load and weight.

Urban Air Mobility

Norco to build fuselage, wings and composite components for Skyfly eVTOL aircraft

Skyfly aims to achieve a complete airframe weight of just 220 kilograms, in addition to low-cost, accurate and reliable repeatability of manufacture for series production progression.  
#wingoftomorrow #space

Natural Fibers

Super Formula, Bcomp announce sustainable fiber composite bodywork

Japan’s premiere single-seater race series confirms hybrid composite parts for SF23 chassis as part of Next 50 plan.  
#sustainability #biomaterials


Thermoset-thermoplastic joining, natural fibers enable sustainability-focused brake cover

Award-winning motorcycle brake disc cover showcases potential for KTM Technologies’ Conexus joining technology and flax fiber composites.
#sustainability #biomaterials #focusondesign


Carbon fiber enables new, low-CO2 Skyrora orbital launch vehicle

U.K. private space company is developing and testing orbital launch vehicle Skyrora XL to carry small satellites in Earth’s orbit using eco-friendly fuel, a unified systems design and composites.  
#wingoftomorrow #space


STRUCTeam, Apex Composite Structures design, engineer sustainable composite footbridge

The 12.5-meter bridge provides pedestrian access through the village of Newchurch on the Isle of Wight, inspired by a similar footbridge commissioned by Network Rail in 2009.  
#sustainability #infrastructure


SuCoHS project: Advancing composite solutions for parts with high thermal and mechanical loads

New materials, structural concepts and manufacturing using sensors for composites that resist fire, temperature and loads while providing weight and cost savings versus metals.
#wingoftomorrow #space #sensors


Hi-DEN project targets novel high-pressure hydrogen storage innovations

Carbon ThreeSixty, alongside partners Antich & Sons and Viritech, will manufacture, integrate and demonstrate a volumetrically efficient composite hydrogen system for land transport, short-haul aerospace.  


AIM3D, Naddcon implement digital process chain for 3D printing

The ExAM 255 multi-material 3D printer from AIM3D, integrated into Siemens’ NX design software, opens up new optimization possibilities for 3D-printed designs, demoed by a 3D-printed GFRP component.  


Haydale graphene contributes to stronger, lighter sea kayaks

Bespoke mechanical graphene masterbatch was effectively used in a resin infusion process to increase the strength, stiffness and breakage resistance of Norse Kayaks’ products.  


Airbus Commercial selects Altair SimSolid in ZEROe project

Altair SimSolid simulation technology will streamline Airbus teams in their design, development and engineering of the zero-emissions ZEROe concept aircraft.  
#wingoftomorrow #space


Simcenter software update highlights aircraft wing skin optimization

Expanded aerospace capabilities in Siemens software portfolio performs more rapid margin of safety calculations and reduces simulation preprocessing up to 80%.  

Energy Storage

TPI, WindSTAR create digital twin for wind blade manufacturing

Machine learning framework provides real-time feedback during composite fabrication process, with some cases achieving 95% predictive accuracy and computation faster than physics-based simulations.  
#composites4-0 #windblades



JEC World 2023 preview: Anaglyph

PlyMatch, a novel augmented reality technology, Laminate Tools, CoDA and LAP are a few solutions from Anaglyph that are well-suited for the design and manufacture of complex composite parts.  


Laminate Tools version 5.1 supports new and optimized user-driven functions

The new version release of Anaglyph’s composite design software offers an extensive list of feature improvements and enhancements to its Design, Check and Manufacture modules.  


Hexagon unveils new PV Elite release for design, analysis of pressure vessels, heat exchangers

Complete software solution incorporates the tools necessary to perform a broad range of vessel analysis and boundary-defining data inputs, enabling efficient design while ensuring those designs are up to safety codes.  


Markforged Simulation software features virtual testing capability

Virtual testing validates the strength of advanced composite parts and automatically optimizes print parameters to help lower cost and speed production.  

Energy Storage

Re-Wind Network publishes second edition of repurposed wind blade design catalog

The fall/autumn 2022 Design Catalog presents designs and details of structures and products made from end-of-life repurposed wind turbine blades, with a new section on marine structures.  


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Collier Aerospace

New HyperX software is built for analysis and design optimization of composite structures in aircraft, space, and automotive vehicles and other high-end applications.