Tag Archives: Carbon Composites

CFRP Roof Cuts Weight On New BMW M5

BMW is showing extended use of its carbon fiber roof technology at this week’s Frankfurt Auto Show.  First introduced on the E92 M3, the carbon fiber roof is [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe

BMW Invention Boosts Efficiency of Composite Molding

BMW is developing a roll-fed technology to produce thermoplastic composite parts that reduces costs and improves efficiencies. In the new system, a roll of glass or carbon fiber mat is [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe, Insert Molding, Reinforcing Material , ,

3D-Printed Carbon Preforms Are Overmolded In New Technology

Carbon fiber 3D printing and injection molding are integrated in a novel invention from a fast-rising Massachusetts technology startup. The concept targets small, complex parts now made from [..]

Additive manufacturing, Carbon Composites, Design, Insert Molding, North America, Reinforcing Material , ,

PlastiComp Expands Proprietary CFRP Compounding

PlastiComp, a compounder in Winona, Minnesota, is boosting capacity of an interesting, proprietary process to make long-fiber, carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP) pellets. The additional, higher-volume carbon fiber pultrusion line [..]

Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Glass-Reinforced Composites, North America, PEEK, polypropylene

Composite System Cuts Weight 25%

Hybrid components of fiber-reinforced plastic and metal are formed and back-injected in a single step in a German automotive lightweighting research project called LEIKA. Partners in the German [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Design, Europe, Green, Injection Molding, Reinforcing Material , ,

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 , , ,

PolyOne Pultrudes CFRP Brace for Corvette

Compounder PolyOne of Cleveland, Ohio, is producing a carbon composite brace for General Motors using the pultrusion process. It’s an interesting twist because most new carbon composite automotive [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Design, Injection Molding, North America

K2016: KraussMaffei Develops New Polyamide Reaction Process

KraussMaffei will be marrying thermoplastics and reactive process machinery in one of the more interesting technology demonstrations at K2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, Oct. 19-26. In a collaboration of [..]

Design, Europe, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material, Resin Transfer Molding , , , ,

K2016: Composite Tablet Housings Are A Technical Tour de Force

One of the interesting technologies at K2016 will be all-new, single-process composite lightweight housings for consumer electronics devices, such as tablets or smartphones. The goal is to significantly [..]

Automation/Robotics, Carbon Composites, Electronics, Europe, In-mold labeling (IML), Injection Molding, Insert Molding, Polycarbonate, Reinforcing Material , , , , ,

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 , ,