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Sicomin appoints Swiss distributor Suter Kunststoffe

Sicomin, a formulator of high performance epoxy resin systems, has appointed Suter Kunststoffe as their distributor in Switzerland. This collaboration will provide Sicomin with an increased presence and market share in a region of significant composite innovation.

Thermwood signs agreement with Navy’s FRC East

Thermwood Corporation of Dale, Indiana has signed a formal cooperative research and development agreement with Fleet Readiness Center East located at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., and part of the Naval Air Systems Command, to conduct a two-year joint technology development effort centered on Thermwood’s emerging large scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) technology.

Attwater and Custom Composites' rollers help launch RNLI craft

Attwater & Sons has been supplying materials to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for several years for use on the new Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboats, so it is fitting that the RNLI has called upon composite tube specialist Custom Composites, part of the Attwater Group to provide the rollers that will help launch the new Shannon Class All Weather Lifeboat at the new £3.5 million Swanage lifeboat Station.

Norco installs new temperature controlled room for aerospace

Norco Holdings, the Poole-based manufacturer of lightweight composite structures and GRP mouldings, has installed a new environmentally controlled room at its aerospace facility, opening up new opportunities for product manufacture in the aerospace, medical and automotive sectors.

New developments at Cristex

Cristex Composite Materials introduces their new slitting and rewinding service. This service is designed to convert master rolls of glass and carbon fibre fabrics to narrow width tapes, which are typically used in areas of high stress where reinforcement is required.

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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.
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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.

Go with the flow!

Faced with higher demands to increase production, reduce lead-time, waste and cost, isn’t it time you considered converting to a cleaner, cost-effective and beneficial system for your composites production? Composites in Manufacturing reports.

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.

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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.
Crysta-Apex C Coordinate Measuring Machine
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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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Enabling composite innovation

Peter Chivers, Chief Executive of the National Composites Centre, (NCC) explains the role of the organisation in researching and promoting composite materials.

Form and function

Matt Sellens, Business Development Manager at Formaplex, discusses the company’s work in composite and advanced plastics at Advanced Engineering 2016.

A matter of training and materials

Rodney Hansen from Dark Matter discusses the company’s approach to training composite technicians, consultancy and the growth of composite applications at the Advanced Engineering Show.
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Lectra's Vector cutting solution in action

Take the next step to optimising your cutting room with Lectra's Vector cutting solutions. The Vector cutter ensures outstanding cutting quality while maximising production output, using Lectra specialised embedded technology and anti-error systems.

Simulation solutions

At Advanced Engineering 2016, John Reed from CGTech discusses the company’s software for simulating manufacturing processes for both metal cutting and composite manufacturing applications.

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.

Marketing the composite message

Nigel O’Dea, founder and director of OB2B Industrial Marketing and PR, discusses the UK composites industry and the importance of promoting SME companies through current media.

Highlights of Advanced Engineering 2016

Short video featuring visitors, exhibitors and industry experts at the Advanced Engineering 2016, one of the UK's largest gathering of engineering professionals.

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.

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.