Category Archives: Aircraft

Lessons Learned: Boeing Advances Composites in 777X

Use of carbon composites in the Dreamliner 787 was a huge breakthrough in aircraft design and materials technology. In the Boeing 777X, Boeing is taking the technology to [..]

Aircraft, Carbon Composites, Epoxy, North America , ,

New RocTool System Cuts Costs, Cycle Times

RocTool, a 16-year-old French company, is rolling out a new molding technology that does not require a molding machine. The goal is to reduce costs to make large [..]

Aircraft, Compression, Europe ,

Chinese Investor Poised to Take Control of Liquidmetal

One of the jewels of American advanced materials’ technologies is on the verge of a potential takeover by a Chinese manufacturer. Liquidmetal Technologies, a Caltech spinoff based in [..]

Aircraft, Amorphous Metals, Asia, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Defense, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America , , ,

Radiation-Resistant Plastics May Replace Aluminum In Flight To Mars

An English company called Cella Energy has been awarded a U.S. patent for a spaceship material made of hydrogen encapsulated in plastic such as polyethylene. The technology continues [..]

Aircraft, Polyamides

SABIC Hikes Ultem Prices As Market Pressures Continue

Market pressures that began in 2014 continue for SABIC’s Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) and are expected to last through all of 2016. One plastics processor told The Molding Blog [..]

Aircraft, Automotive, Construction, Electronics, Foam, Injection Molding, Medical , , , ,

Is There Still Hope For Liquidmetal Injection Molding?

Patient and long-suffering investors in Liquidmetal Technologies are anxiously awaiting announcement of the company’s fourth quarter earnings next week. Many had bought soon after the company went public [..]

Aircraft, Amorphous Metals, Consumer Goods, Defense, Design, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America , , , ,

Victrex Moves Downstream In Aerospace Market

Victrex, the leading global supplier of polyaryletherketone (PAEK) engineering resins with a capacity exceeding 7,000 metric tons, is making an interesting move downstream in its major market areas. [..]

Aircraft, Carbon Fiber , ,

Where Do Engineering Plastics Fit at SABIC?

Several tough years in the polycarbonate business are taking a toll on the two companies that invented the transparent engineering plastic that has been plagued by weak pricing, [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Automotive, Construction, Engineering Thermoplastics, Foam, Polycarbonate , , ,

PLA Creates Sacrificial Composite Channels, Mimicking Nature

Bioplastic polylactic acid (PLA) will play an interesting role in creating sacrificial channels for super lightweight reusable, 3D-printed Tinkertoy-type parts for use in space structures. Christopher Hansen, an [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Bioplastics, Epoxy, North America, PLA , , ,

German Aerospace Project Cuts Composite Cycle Times

The German Aerospace Center reports progress in cutting production times of aerospace composite components with RTM 6 epoxy resin, which has a curing time of 90 minutes or [..]

Aircraft, Automation/Robotics, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Epoxy, Europe, Reinforcing Material, Resin Transfer Molding ,