Category Archives: Composites

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 [..]

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New Lincoln Seat System Relies On Molded Parts

Ford has applied for 83 patents on a new seat system that relies heavily on injection molded plastic components. The modular composite front-seat cushion pan is being used [..]

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Thermoformed PA66 Sheets Offer Promise For Auto Lightweighting

DuPont is advancing its Vizilon thermoplastic composite technology in European demonstration projects with the goal of automotive lightweighting. It’s an interesting composite: A polyamide 66 matrix is used [..]

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Collaboration Impressive on Lincoln’s New Front Camera

Seven different engineering plastics from five producers are used in a complex camera deployment mechanism hidden behind the badge emblem in the 2016 Lincoln MKX. Ford has filed [..]

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German Company Emerges As Important WPC Player

A southern Germany company called JELU with a long history in wood processing has developed a proprietary wood-plastic composite (WPC) and now has a capacity of 45,000 tons. [..]

Bioplastics, Composites, Construction, Consumer Goods, Europe, Green, Injection Molding, PLA, Reinforcing Material

Kia Boosts Mechanicals of CFRP in Award-Winning Frame

Carbon composite replaces steel in a panoramic sun roof frame in the 2015 Kia Sorento. The number of parts is reduced from 33 to four and weight is [..]

Asia, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Composites, Compounding, Design, Injection Molding, Insert Molding, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material , , , ,

Can David Slay Goliath? OU Grads Take On The Bigs

A Kickstarter-funded project to develop a new type of 3D printer hopes to unseat competitive printers that use expensive plastic filament. The new printer—called David—is interesting because it [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Bioplastics, Composites, PLA, Polycarbonate, Wood-plastic composite ,

New Super Plastics Can Beat Metals

An under-the-radar Arizona-based company has developed new molding and sizing technology to produce what it calls “the strongest line of injection moldable thermoplastic composites available.” The reinforcing material [..]

Aircraft, Alternative energy, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Composites, Defense, Design, Electronics, Engineering Thermoplastics, Industrial, Injection Molding, Medical, North America, Oil Country, Polyamides, Polyphenylene sulfide, Polyphthalamide, Reinforcing Material , , , ,

Solar Impulse 2: A Collaboration of Idealism and Technology

The newest version of the solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse features a wingspan of 236 feet, a weight of 2.3 tons (similar to a Jeep), and horsepower in the [..]

Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Composites, Design, Engineering Thermoplastics, Europe, Green, Polyamides, Polyurethane foam , , , ,

Another Apple Secret Revealed: Hot/Cool Mold Surfaces

A publicly funded European molding technology startup is beginning to hit big-time pay dirt. RocTool, which is based near Lyon in southeastern France, is announcing significant orders for [..]

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