CAMX 2016: Multifunctional Materials

Aerocomposites: The move to multifunctionality Much has been said about the pressing need to reduce commercial air carrier fuel costs and CO2 emissions by lightweighting aircraft through the use of composite materials. The next wave in this movement is almost certain to be multifunctional composites. What are they? Composite laminates that not only provide lightweight, load-bearing structures, but also perform …

CAMX 2016: Taking the Hand Out of Hand Layup

Taking the hand out of hand layup Hand layup has a long history in aerospace composites fabrication, but it’s not well suited for automotive composites manufacturing, where volumes are much higher. But the discrete placement of fiber reinforcements still has value. New research is pointing toward automated hand layup that might help this vital process bridge the aerospace-to-automotive divide. More. …

CAMX 2016: Composites Recycling Becomes a Necessity

Composites Recycling Becomes a Necessity Boeing and Airbus each is generating as much as a 1 million lb of cured and uncured carbon fiber prepreg waste each year from 787 and A350 XWB production. If you include the entire supply chain for these planes, the total is closer to 4 million lb/year. And with the automotive industry poised to consume …

CAMX 2016: Thermoplastics riding into automotive, aerospace

Thermoplastics riding into automotive, aerospace The legacy of composite parts and structures is built on a family of thermosets — including epoxy, vinyl ester, polyester and phenolic — that have helped tremendously to make the industry what it is today. Not to be forgotten are thermoplastics, which have played a serious role as well, and offer advantages that promise to …

CAMX 2016: Composites 101: Fibers and Resin

Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive. This month, CAMX Connection introduces to composites novices the fibers and resin systems commonly used in …

CAMX 2015: Strong Mix of Market, Technical, Product Information

CAMX 2015 (Oct. 26-29) in Dallas, TX, was, by all accounts, a success. Feedback from the exhibit floor and the conference was positive and upbeat. CompositesWorld was there and offers this review of highlights from the show floor and the session, including product award winners, keynote address and industry announcements. More. Getting Bigger & Better – CAMX 2015 Wraps Thank …

CAMX 2015: Preview Exhibitions, Save time in line

CAMX Exhibit Previews, Part 2 CAMX 2015 is less than three weeks away (Oct. 26-29, Dallas, TX, US). If you’re going to the show, or thinking of going, you might want to know a little about what will await you on the exhibit hall floor. CompositesWorld asked CAMX exhibitors to send previews of the products and technologies they’ll have on …

CAMX 2015: Registration Ends Tomorrow – Preview Exhibitors Today

CAMX Exhibit Previews, Part 1 CAMX 2015 is less than a month away (Oct. 26-29, Dallas, TX, US). If you’re going to the show, or thinking of going, you might want to know a little about what will await you on the exhibit hall floor. CompositesWorld asked CAMX exhibitors to send previews of the products and technologies they’ll have on …

CAMX 2015: Keynote Q&A: Gary Smyth, GM Global Research & Development

Keynote Q&A: Gary Smyth, GM Global Research & Development Gary J. Smyth, Ph.D., executive director, Global R&D Laboratories, GM Global Research & Development, will be the keynote speaker at CAMX 2015 (Oct. 26-29, Dallas, TX, US), discussing the carmaker’s material and manufacturing strategies as it pursues lightweighting in new-car development. CompositesWorld offers this Q&A with Smyth, as a preview to …

CAMX 2015: A Topic for Every Interest – CAMX 2015

A Topic for Every Interest – CAMX 2015 PlugsCAMX 2015 is fast approaching (Oct. 26-29, Dallas, TX, US), which means it’s time to start planning how you’ll spend your time — on the show floor and in the conferences. The CAMX conference, as it did last year, rolls out a variety of presentation types, ranging from education sessions to panels …