CAMX Connection – July 17, 2018

Rethinking Aerocomposites Manufacturing Composites machinery specialist MTorres is trying to change the way aircraft OEMs fabricate and assemble large aircraft fuselage structures. Might this new method be the tool to fabricate next-generation aircraft? More. Biocomposites On the Rise In the composites and advanced materials industry, the most common reinforcing fibers are glass and carbon. However, in a marketplace that demands …

CAMX Connection – June 21, 2018

The Spread of Spread Tow Advancing from “lighter and thinner” to boosting strength, stiffness, impact resistance and productivity, spread tow unlocks new applications and markets. This story looks at how fibers are spread, who is supplying spread tow materials, the properties of the material and how it is being used. More. Composites in the Age of Social Media During the …

CAMX Connection – May 15, 2018

Wind blade repair strategies As wind turbines and wind farms proliferate, so does the need for repair, particularly of composite blades that suffer damage from lightning, erosion, impacts and fatigue. In order to minimize turbine downtime, damage detection must be fast and accurate. New technologies are proliferating to make this possible. More. Composites and Advanced Materials Boost U.S. Armed Forces …

CAMX Connection – April 19, 2018

Automated, Inline Inspection Comes of Age One of the great bottlenecks in hand-layup or machine-layup is the chore of manually checking for gaps, overlaps, wrinkles and debris. Automated, in-situ inspection promises to bypass such manual labor and is already at work in several high-profile operations. More. International Innovation Could Have Game Changing Implications According to market research firm Lucintel, the …

CAMX Connection – March 22, 2018

Consolidating Thermoplastic Composite Aerostructures in Place After more than 30 years of development, in-situ consolidation is nearing its promise to eliminate fasteners and the autoclave, and enable an integrated, multifunctional airframe. With next-generation commercial aircraft on the horizon, in-situ consolidation might be maturing just in time. More. CAMX 2017 Award Winners: Where Are They Now? During CAMX 2017, the global …

CAMX Connection – February 27, 2018

Thermoplastic tapes: Here to stay? Thermoplastic tapes are not new to composites, but they soon will join the primary aerostructures material palette and could be their future. For that to happen, however, a quantum leap in quality and consistency is required — the same kind of quantum leap that, 20 years ago, helped make thermoset tapes an industry staple. More. …

CAMX Connection – January 11, 2018

CAMX 2017: All the reports CAMX 2017 was postponed by Hurricane Irma, but no worse for the delay. The largest composites event in the world’s largest composites market featured a variety of noteworthy materials, technologies and products that reinforced the strength and dynamism of the composites industry. More. CAMX Celebrates Industry Growth and Innovation Thank you to everyone who participated …

CAMX Connection – November 28, 2017

Next-generation SMC for automotive Honda made a splash in 2005 when it introduced the Ridgeline pickup with an innovative sheet molded compound (SMC) bed and storage trunk. For the Ridgeline redesign, the company went back to the drawing board and emerged with a creative, efficient, multi-material design that takes SMC to the next level. More. Register Now for CAMX 2017 …

CAMX Connection – November 8, 2017

Reconfigurable tooling grows up Shape-changing, adaptable, reconfigurable tools help eliminate molds for the manufacture of 3D panels. And highly adaptable, customizable assembly fixtures use modular design and metrology to reduce assembly costs and shimming. More. Book Housing by November 17 Hotel space is filling quickly! Reserve housing today for CAMX fort the best selection and rates. Everyone must reserve housing, …

CAMX Connection – October 18, 2017

Lightweighting speed into CNC machining Many composite parts must be trimmed, machined or finished in some way. One American CNC manufacturer has discovered the advantages of using composites to make the machine faster, more stable, more responsive and more accurate. More. CAMX Delivers in December Registration for CAMX 2017 is open. Make plans today to attend North America’s premier industry …