ThermHex displays newly developed composites at Composites Europe

From 29 November to 1 December 2016, ThermHex Waben exhibited at Composites Europe for the sixth time. Once again, it became clear that lightweight construction is a growing market. At the 11th trade fair for composite materials, more than 350 exhibitors showed their product innovations to about 10,000 visitors.

JEC Asia closes on a high – moves to Seoul for 2017

The 9th annual edition of JEC Asia in Singapore concluded on a positive note for the composites markets in Asia Pacific as the event counted record attendance and revealed a strategic move for its 2017 edition with the relocation of the 2017 event to Seoul, South Korea.

bigHead fasteners provide high-strength fixings and design flexibility

For bigHead, the bonding fastener solution provider, its marine industry applications follow many of the same characteristic requirements as other industries where composite materials are being increasingly used for structures, components and panels. bigHeads offer efficiency and cost savings in manufactured parts and assemblies, as well as the flexibility required for design innovation – especially when they are engineered-in at the earliest stages of a project.
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Granta announces materials management software upgrade

Granta Design has announced a significant enhancement to the GRANTA MI materials information management system to give engineering enterprises complete control over how they collect and apply materials knowledge – and remove a major barrier to digitalising this information across their organisation.

Filament winding comes to Composites Europe show

As a manufacturer of special machinery, Roth Composite Machinery (hall 8b/stand C45) will be showcasing its filament winding machines at the Composites Europe show, Düsseldorf between 29th November and 1st December. The company says it has more than 500 machines in use around the world.

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The weight is over for the rail industry

Philip Spinks, CEO of Oxford Advanced Surfaces (OAS) explains how the rail industry is getting behind a whole new way of thinking through the use of increasing use of lightweight composite materials.

Perfect cutting for the perfect sports car

The Italian automaker Pagani has been using equipment supplied by Swiss cutting system manufacturer Zünd for more than 15 years, and recently installed a new Zünd G3 L-2500. Composites in Manufacturing reports.
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Pure and simple

TenCate Advanced Composites’ new UK centre of excellence for the production of electrically-pure prepreg materials recently opened with a fanfare. Mike Richardson met with the thermoplastic and thermoset prepreg composites specialist to learn more.

Composite advances take centre stage

The Composites Engineering Show held as part of the Advanced Engineering group of events at the Birmingham NEC will highlight the latest in composite design, technology and manufacturing. Ed Hill speaks to this year’s organisers, Easyfairs.

A miracle material step change

Composites in Manufacturing hears how Huntsman Advanced Materials is researching opportunities for developing graphene-enhanced composite solutions, with a view to incorporating graphene into its Araldite epoxy resins.

Testing times ahead

Mike Richardson discovers how Attwater & Sons’ investment in new testing kit sees the company gaining an increasing demand for its extensive testing services.

Making it big in composites

Composite materials have become the mainstay of component manufacture in a variety of industries. However, the handling and processing of these materials can be a real challenge, as Ian Vallely discovers.

The collision decision

Autodesk’s vice-president of simulation, Greg Fallon discusses how best to maintain best practice when it comes to Automated Fibre Placement simulation and collision avoidance detection.

Riding a tidal wave

The MeyGen tidal turbine project and a significant expansion have ensured a busy 2016 for AC Marine and Composites to date. Adrian Wilson reports.

On with the show!

The Composites Engineering show is almost here. As part of the Advanced Engineering 2016 showcase, it’s the UK’s only event dedicated to the composites manufacturing industry. Halls 2, 3 and 3a of the Birmingham NEC will once again throw open their doors to unveil the seventh edition of the very best in manufacturing innovations from this industry.

The potential of graphene for the composite market

Stronger than a diamond yet a million times thinner than a human hair, the properties of graphene are astounding. The market for this material may still be in its infancy, but graphene is already being hailed as one of the most disruptive technologies of our time. For the composite market, there is no doubt that using graphene could open up a host of new possibilities. Here, John Cove, marketing manager of test and measurement specialist, Starrett, discusses the impact this new technology will have on product design and manufacturing.

Putting testing machines to the test

Ed Hill hears from testing specialist CTE about how its investment in Shimadzu equipment is helping it face the challenges created by the continually changing development of composite materials.


Thermwood announces 3D additive manufacturing programme

Thermwood Corporation has announced it is now offering a line of additive manufacturing systems for the production of large reinforced thermoplastic composite parts. The company’s new machine line, called Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM), uses a two-step, near-net-shape production process.

bigHead deliver fastening solution for offshore wind turbine

Whilst the standard range of over 400 mild steel and stainless steel ‘bigHeads’ provide efficient and effective discrete fixings, whether embedded or surface bonded to composite materials, there are some applications that benefit from a design approach where the characteristic bigHead welded fixing is engineered and adapted to actually improve the final design, to enhance its performance or reduce costs - and even to facilitate increased safety.
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GMS develops new flame retardant prepreg

The specialist composite prepreg producer GMS Composites has developed a new, high performance flame retardant (FR) epoxy prepreg with increased toughness and a significantly shorter gel time, which passes the UL94 V0 flammability rating.

Anaglyph releases Laminate Tools 4.2

A new version of Anaglyph's Laminate Tools (version 4.2) has been released. The Windows-based software integrates the design, analysis and manufacture of composite structures, and

Software solutions

Open Mind Technologies used this year's EMO as a platform to launch its new version hyperMill 2009.2.

The price is right

Making its debut on the international stage at the recent EMO exhibition was the latest addition to DMG's EcoLine range of machine tools – the DMU 50 eco.

Tried and trusted

Matsuura capitalised on the recent EMO exhibition in Milan to announce the launch of the latest in the Cublex series – the large capacity Cublex-63

Machining with a twist

The latest technology from Sodick, designed to tackle complex machining challenges, is a 7-axis 'turn and burn' EDM die-sink solution.

Raising the bar

Now available from Tornos UK is the new Almac FB1005 horizontal bar milling machine, capable of simultaneous 3-, 4-, 5- or 6-axis machining.

No cable on the table

With infrared transmission and therefore no cable connections, the new TT 449 touch probe from Heidenhain (GB) provides flexible tool inspection.


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Composite manufacturing: Smoothing surfaces

Jim Fulton, from abrasive specialist Mirka, talks to Ed Hill at the Advanced Engineering Show about how the company’s products can provide safe finishing processes for composite manufacturers.

On the rails

At Advanced Engineering 2016, Lucy Prior from the Rail Alliance discusses the role of the organisation in the rail sector.

A voice for composites manufacturing

In our first of a series of videos at the Advanced Engineering Show, held at the NEC Birmingham, Dr Sue Halliwell from Composites UK discusses the organisation and the prospects for composite materials in the UK manufacturing market.
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Forward Composites and Hybrid Air Vehicles

See how Forward Composites has utilised its automotive and aerospace experience, working with Hybrid Air Vehicles, to bring a large air vehicle to support the US Military, to fruition.

Thermwood LSAM

Thermwood's LSAM (Large Scale Additive Manufacturing) is used for the production of large reinforced thermoplastic composite parts. The company’s new machine line uses a two-step, near-net-shape production process.

Up for the challenge

As part of our series of interviews at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, Aerospace Manufacturing spoke to Simon Odling from Lentus who explains how the company has developed composite parts for challenging aero-applications.

Composites uptake in aerospace

At the Farnborough Airshow Graham Mulholland, CEO of epm: technology, explains how composite parts can make inroads into new areas of aerospace manufacturing.

Robotmaster for composite machining

Robotmaster being used for Composite machining/trimming/deburring applications. See Robotmaster live at the Composites Engineering Show: 2-3 Nov 2016 on stand Q172

Composites UK - Association Overview

Why should your company join Composites UK? Here's a 3 and a half minute overview of the value you could gain from becoming a member of the UK’s composites manufacturing organisation.

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In house tour of Retrac Composites facility based in Swindon, Wiltshire, highlighting the company’s ability to offer all aspects of the composite manufacturing process from design to the delivery of a finished bonded and assembled product.