Category Archives: Aircraft

3D Printer Creates In-Machine Castings

A Tennessee 3D printing startup is targeting a very specific production niche: cast plastic and metal parts in the 100 to 1000 volume range. Collider Tech of Chattanooga, [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Industrial, North America

Additively Manufactured PEKK Finds Aerospace, Medical Niches

One of former president Barack Obama’s most important legacies in manufacturing policy is America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), an initiative to advance additive manufacturing. [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Design, Engineering Thermoplastics, Medical, North America , , ,

Large 3D-Printed Plastic Tools Advance

When Boeing embarked on its ambitious plan to make huge structural sections for the Dreamliner 787 aircraft from carbon composites, big questions remained on manufacturability. The biggest composite [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Engineering Thermoplastics, North America, Polyphenylene sulfide, Reinforcing Material ,

Carbon Reduction Projects Advance Despite Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump may feel that climate change is a hoax, but there will continue to be steady growth in new technologies that reduce the impact of the [..]

Aircraft, Bioplastics, Locations, North America, Packaging

PEEK Overmolds Press-Formed Composite Part

Composite engineering will become increasingly complex to provide strong structural parts for aerospace and automotive load applications. A good example comes from the ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center (TPRC) [..]

Aircraft, Automotive, Compression, Design, Europe, Injection Molding, Injection Molding, PEEK, Reinforcing Material , , , ,

Thermoplastics Eye Greater Role At JEC World

Look for new concepts at next month’s JEC World International Composites show in Paris as interest in composites for aircraft continues to grow rapidly. One example is injection [..]

Aircraft, Composites, Injection Molding , ,

Boeing Invents New Composite Molding Process

Boeing is developing a new technology to improve molding of large carbon composite structures for aircraft, including large fuselage sections with integral stringers and co-bonded frames. A newly [..]

Aircraft, Carbon Composites, Design, Epoxy, North America, Resin Transfer Molding , , ,

Airbus Targets High-Heat Resins With Proprietary SLS Process

Airbus is commercializing a new additive manufacturing technology designed to permit greater use of high-performance engineering plastics such as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyetheretherketone (PEEK), PBT-type polyester, various polyamides, [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Europe , , , ,

Evonik Boosts Capacity For Structural Foam

Reflecting growing demand for structural foams to lighten weight, Evonik is boosting capacity to make performance foams in Darmstadt, Germany, “by about 20 percent as a first step.” [..]

Aircraft, Alternative energy, Automotive, Design, Sports , ,

Is Metal Injection Molding Obsolete? Hardly

A headline on a 3D printing Web site announces: “Ricoh makes metal injection molding obsolete with new highly efficient metal 3D printer”. OK, it’s still silly season in [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Metal Injection Molding (MIM) ,