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Advanced Composites Set a New Standard in Aerospace Manufacturing

Advanced composites, manufactured with materials such as epoxy resins and carbon fiber, are setting the new standard for strength, durability, and versatility when it comes to selecting materials in aerospace manufacturing. Composite materials have emerged as optimal selections over traditional materials like steel and aluminum. Overall, the use of composites is advantageous to the aerospace Read More…

Tough as Steel, But with Cracks in the Foundation

The strength and durability of steel have made it a choice material for bridge construction for over a century. The corrosive properties of steel have also made it a material that presents challenges in bridge construction, and a reason why contractors are looking increasingly toward composites to address its shortcomings when it comes to sustainability Read More…

Composites One Presents Careers in Composites Webinar

Careers in Composites: Building Today for the Future of Manufacturing Tue, Nov 10, 2020 1 PM – 2 PM CST | Register now This webinar is open to all individuals interested in learning more about the composites industry. Whether you’ve been working with composites and are looking for a new opportunity, or know someone who Read More…

Infusing Efficiency into Aerospace Production

Autoclave prepreg has long been the de facto process for most large and mid-sized aerostructures. Today, advancements in resin infusion processes are helping to produce composite-based structural aircraft components completely out of the autoclave and at up to one-tenth of the cost—and all the performance. Aircraft manufacturers have sought methods to expedite composites component production Read More…

Composite Wind Turbines Turn More Opportunity for Savings

The growing capacity of the U.S. wind market is more and more reliant on composite materials. Wind turbines have traditionally been composed of steel and aluminum, yet manufacturers have realized the benefits of incorporating composites into wind turbine production and repair. The increase in demand for high strength materials coupled with low-cost production technologies is Read More…

Advanced Composites: Flying High in Aerospace

When it comes to advanced composites, the name says a lot. The word “advanced” is defined by Merriam Webster as “being beyond others in progress or ideas.” This describes how composite materials are coming together to form the future of the aerospace industry, with the ultimate destination being fuel efficiency. The growing reliance on carbon Read More…

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…