CAMX Connection – November 15, 2018

If you didn’t make it to CAMX, here’s what you missed CAMX 2018 was held Oct. 15-18 in Dallas, and if you could not attend this year, CompositesWorld did it for you. This compendium of written and video reporting from the show is designed to bring you up to speed on the new products, trends, presentations and more that the …

CAMX Connection – October 11, 2018

Charles Kuehmann of Spacex/Tesla Speaking at CAMX Don’t miss CAMX 2018’s General Session featuring Dr. Charles Kuehmann, current Vice President of Materials Engineering for both SpaceX and Tesla Motors and former product design leader at Apple. Charles will share his insights on delivering materials innovations in areas such as high-speed travel, electric cars and space travel. He’ll also touch on …

CAMX Connection – September 20, 2018

Welding thermoplastic composites If thermoplastics are poised to substantially expand their presence in the composites marketplace, then the welding of thermoplastic composites is similarly poised for growth. Established and emerging welding technologies aim to make the process fast, robust and reliable. More. SPACEX AND TESLA FEATURED IN OPENING GENERAL SESSION This year’s General Session features Charles Kuehmann, current Vice President …

CAMX Connection – September 6, 2018

Infusion of large, primary aerostructures In the Irkut MS-21 infused and co-cured wings, the aerocomposites industry is getting a glimpse of how out-of-autoclave technologies might be applied to next-generation primary aircraft structures. More. The CAMX Awards – One Winner’s Journey The CAMX Awards are widely considered as the pinnacle in recognition for excellence and innovation for the composites industry. With …

CAMX Connection – August 16, 2018

The future of styrene in composites It’s been seven years since the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) listed styrene in its “12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC)” as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” What’s happened in the North American composites industry since then? More. CAMX 2018 Details Announced Want to quickly scan more details on the education, exhibits and …

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 …