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Carbon parts in 30 seconds
Thursday, 26 March 2015

alt In 2014 Dow Automotive Systems introduced commercial its ultra-fast, under-90-second moulding cycle time Voraforce 5300 resin formulation for carbon fibre composites. This year, the company is announcing a new record-breaking, under-60-second moulding cycle time for the epoxy resin matrix and says it expects to get down to 30 seconds before the end of 2015. 

“Our novel formulation enables ultra-fast infusion and curing, while its super low viscosity also increases part consolidation potential in structural automotive composite production,” said global strategic marketing manager Peter Cate in a presentation at the recent JEC Composites show in Paris. “With this new system we can meet the demand of automotive OEMs to achieve affordable light-weight manufacture of true high volume part production. And in 2015, we’re present an advanced level of it with higher thermal performance, molding cycle times of around 30 seconds and further flexibility advances, solving critical customer manufacturing issues.”    Read More >>


Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You’ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor

Lighter suspension with GFRP

Thursday, 26 March 2015

article thumbnailOwens Corning has contributed to the development of the first composite material coil springs for automotive suspension systems that have been patented by Sogefi, headquartered in Milan, Italy, and...

Better nests for Capricorn

Thursday, 26 March 2015

article thumbnailJetcam’s Expert nesting software paid for itself in under two weeks for Capricorn Composite, based in Nürburgring, Germany.  Capricorn manufactures prepreg composite parts for the automotive...


Can CLIP change the game?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

article thumbnailA new approach to polymer-based 3D printing promises to advance the industry beyond basic prototyping to full 3D manufacturing.  The new Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology...

Expanding on all fronts

Thursday, 12 March 2015

article thumbnailAGY, based in Aiken, South Carolina, is planning capacity expansions for both its S-2 Glass and L-Glass fibre and reinforcement ranges.  The S-2 Glass expansion is taking place in two phases, with...