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Out-of-Autoclave Manufactures Major Benefits

The notion of composites is all about combining materials to achieve a result better than their original form. The same can be said for the production methods that are used to manufacture composites. As the applications for composites continue to evolve, so do the advanced processes that are used to make them. Out-of-autoclave composite manufacturing Read More…

Understanding Thermoset and Thermoplastics

We all react to heat differently, which is a simple description of the distinction between thermoset and thermoplastics—they behave differently when heat is applied to it. The chemical properties of thermoset become permanently strengthened when exposed to heat. Once thermoset plastics are altered by exposure to heat, they cannot be remolded. Thermoplastics, on the other Read More…

What’s So Great About Thermoplastics in Aerospace?

There’s plenty of space for exploration when it comes to thermoplastic applications in the aerospace industry. Thermoset technologies have been traditionally used for composites in aerospace, and now the industry is taking note of the benefits that its counterpart thermoplastics may provide in a wider range of applications. For many of the same reasons that Read More…

Molding the Molds that Mold Composites

There’s no shortage of industries and applications that are actively benefiting from using composite products. With the demand for composites production in growing arenas, the reliability of the tools used to manufacture composites has become just as critical as the composites. Composites tools are constructed similarly to composite products themselves, and thus provide similar benefits Read More…

Cultured Marble in Demand for Beauty and Brawn

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and there’s plenty of beauty—and benefit—to behold with cast polymer products like cultured marble, cultured stone, and other solid surfaces. A precise blend of polyester resin, catalyst, fillers, and pigments are mixed together to simulate the look of real marble stone while meeting strength requirements and offering Read More…

The Rise of Wind Energy

When it comes to wind energy, the cost and efficiency benefits are substantial. According to Wall Street investment firm Lazard Inc., wind has become an inexpensive source of power generation in many parts of the U.S., and the cost of wind energy has fallen by 70 percent over the last decade. There are over 500 Read More…

The Marine Industry and Advanced Composites

According to Composites Manufacturing, “the marine industry has experienced a steady rise in the use of composites, especially high-performance materials. In addition to helping hulls be lighter and more damage-resistant, composites can be found in many more components of boats —from interior moldings to furniture on superyachts.” Marine Life Composite materials have traditionally been used Read More…

When Steel Weakens Offshore

Steel is the material of choice for offshore drilling companies because of its ability and reliability to easily penetrate rock formations to extract petroleum, and to easily transport product to power facilities. Steel offers many advantages in this capacity, such as its versatility, strength, durability, malleability and cost effectiveness. Since steel is also easy to Read More…

The Rise of Drones

Drones have become a mainstream recreational product in today’s society. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, sales of recreational drones are expected to grow from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020. While many people consider drones for use as a toy or flying camera, they were originally used in military settings. The Read More…

Old Infrastructure Demands New Cost

Aging infrastructure is a significant challenge faced by state departments of transportation, local agencies and bridge owners. There is an overwhelming number of bridges needing upgrades and rehabilitation, and significant cost and limited funds available to maintain highway assets.  The Federal Highway Administration has offered hundreds of millions of dollars of support in the form Read More…

Resin transfer molding benefitting auto industry in 2019

Composite materials are made using a variety of processes. However, one process that may see increased use in the automotive industry in 2019 is resin transfer molding. The increase in the use of this process is primarily due to the benefits it offers to this industry. Some of the benefits resin transfer molding is bringing Read More…

Use of compression molding by auto industry picks up in 2019

Composites have been steadily making inroads into the automotive industry for years now. However, this year may see more composite components hitting the road than any other. Many composite parts are being developed or produced for 2019 vehicle models, and compression molding is one of the composite component production processes being used to create these Read More…