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Composites Make Waves in the Marine Industry

The demand for composites in the marine industry remains strong in order to build boats that are lighter, stronger, and more fuel-efficient. With boats exposed to extreme environmental conditions like salt, wind, and high-pressure waves, boat manufacturers are more often considering the benefits of advanced composites, such as carbon fiber and epoxy resins, to produce reliable and durable Read More…

Thermoplastics: Hot on the Presses

Aerospace manufacturers have the opportunity to drive growth and reshape the industry in 2021 by pursuing technological developments. Aerospace manufacturers are continually seeking innovative solutions to increase the rate of production of commercial aircrafts that will meet future demand for air travel. Reducing weight and improving efficiency is one of the key goals of aerospace Read More…

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…