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A 3D-printed carbon fibre first
Thursday, 18 September 2014

alt An average car has over 20,000 parts. The new 3D-printed Strati – unveiled by Local Motors at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago last week – has just 40.

It involved 44 hours of printing on a hybrid additive/subtractive machine developed at Oak Ridge National Labs and just two days of assembly and stemmed from the Local Motors Design Challenge, which attracted over 200 design entries from more than 30 countries.



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

Rapid scale-up of Teijin technology

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

article thumbnailSereebo – a rather fanciful acronym for 'Save the Earth, Revolutionary and Evolutionary Carbon' – is the brand name of the new technology Teijin is bringing closer to commercial use in the...

Drop-in magnesium substitution

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

article thumbnailNew long fibre thermoplastic (LFT) materials which duplicate both the mechanical and electrical properties of magnesium in injection moulding or extrusion materials can lead to weight savings of up...


Winning combinations from Gurit

Monday, 01 September 2014

article thumbnailVisitors to this week’s China Composites Expo 2014 in Shanghai (September 3-5) have an opportunity to discover how Gurit’s high-performance structural core materials, qualified prepreg systems...

Teijin at the China Composites Expo

Monday, 01 September 2014

article thumbnailTenax TPCL is a thermoplastic consolidated laminate engineered for the A350 XWB aircraft, Airbus’s new extra-wide-body midsize jetliner, by Toho Tenax.  It will be one of a number of components on...