Tag Archives: Aircraft

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 ,

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) [..]

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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 [..]

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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. [..]

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The Odd Story of Sabic’s Ultem Shortage

If you’re an avid Twitter follower, you were the first to publicly learn of a fast-emerging shortage of polyetherimide (PEI). A California-based distributor called Professional Plastics tweeted this [..]

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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 , , , ,

Plastics Star in New Flying Car

Polycarbonate has not won favor as automotive glazing, but it will be used for windows in a car that flies. Engineers of a novel vehicle called Terrafugia have [..]

Aircraft, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, North America ,

Remote-Controlled Quadshot Performs Aerial Acrobatics

The Quadshot is a remote-controlled (RC) aircraft combining the stability and control of a helicopter with the speed and maneuverability of an airplane. “There’s really nothing quite like [..]

ABS, Aircraft, Asia, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Composites, Design, Foam molding, Injection Molding, North America, Polyamides, Polycarbonate, Reinforcing Material ,

New Process May Cut Aircraft Weight

The Boeing Dreamliner has been a great test bed for new materials technologies. To date, though, molding technologies have taken a backseat to more traditional composite forming processes, [..]

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