This Month in Carbon Fiber: June 2013

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CFG Updates

StealthRanger Carbon Fiber Cases for the iPhone 5 (Discontinued)

New to the store is the Ion StealthRanger cases, which you’ll find in black as well as an assortment of five other colors (called the StealthRanger MK-V).  This clean case has a real carbon fiber sheet on the back and is priced affordably.

Ion StealthRanger carbon fiber case for iPhone 5

New Carbon Fiber Cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (Discontinued)

With Samsung having sold over 10 million S4’s, we have brought on a couple new styles of cases so you can get some carbon fiber on it.  Meet the Atom Sheen and the Sesto:

Sesto carbon fiber case for Samsung Galaxy S4

Atom Sheen carbon fiber case for Samsung Galaxy S4

Zero Halliburton Brought Back Their Carbon Fiber Attache

This has been discontinued for over a year now, but it’s finally back!  Zero Halliburton, the guys behind all those cool aluminum cases that James Bond carries, have a version of their classic design in carbon fiber.  The entire exterior is genuine carbon fiber, while the interior features a contrasting red leather that is exclusive to the carbon fiber series.

Zero Halliburton 3" Carbon Fiber Attache

Industry News

We’ve partnered with the folks at Composites World to bring you monthly updates in the more technical world of carbon fiber.  Here’s what’s new this month:

First A350 XWB’s engines powered up for first time

Airbus has fired up the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines for the first time as the A350 XWB is prepped for first flight.

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EUROS ships first 81.6m blade for 7-MW offshore turbine

Independent wind blade maker EUROS has delivered its first prototype 81.6m blade to Mitsubishi for use on a 7-MW offshore turbine.

EUROS blade shipment

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Giro d’Italia winner’s wheels made with Hexcel carbon

The all-carbon bicycle wheels weigh only 1,000 grams per pair, and require only 12 spokes per wheel, for significant weight savings.

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Citroën DS3 supercar sports carbon/aramid composite body panels PIC

The 600-hp speedster driven by former World Rally Champion Peter Solberg in the 2013 European Rallycross Championships, features 11 vacuum-infused composite body panels made with Crestapol 1250LV urethane acrylic resin from Scott Bader Co. Ltd. (Northamptonshire, U.K).

Citroen DS3 carbon fiber body panels

Citroen DS3 carbon fiber body panels

Citroen DS3 carbon fiber body panels

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Optimization software improves small satellite design

Collier Research Corp.’s HyperSizer, other CAD platforms help bring small, low-cost, modular, off-the-shelf commercial spacecraft to life.

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Airbus A350 XWB flies for first time as flight testing begins

The composites-intensive A350 XWB flew for the first time on June 14 at Blagnac in Toulouse, France, beginning 2,500 hours of flight testing.

Airbus A350 XWB takeoff

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Conference report: CFK Valley Stade (Germany)

The annual CFK Valley Stade conference in Stade, Germany, June 11-12, covered composite topics ranging from aerospace to automotive.

CFK Valley Stade conference

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Thermoplastics to be a focus of Carbon Fiber 2013 conference

CompositesWorld’s Carbon Fiber 2013 conference will emphasize use of thermoplastics in aerospace applications, as well as the use of carbon fiber in precast concrete.

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Gurit, NASA evaluate polymer cured in stratosphere

A joint Gurit/NASA project proves that Gurit’s carbon fiber prepreg is curable in the free space environment and could be used in space construction projects

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Quantum develops technology for lighter pressure vessels

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has developed an alternative technology for lightweight carbon fiber composite pressure vessels that uses selective fiber placement and reduces material use by 20 percent.

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Carbon Fiber 2013 conference gearing up for Oak Ridge location

CompositesWorld reports that it has begun work on its Carbon Fiber 2013 conference, Dec. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn., USA.

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SGL, Samsung joint venture targets composites use in electronics

Samsung SGL Carbon Composites Materials will be equally owned by SGL and Samsung, will be based in Korea and will target composites for use in consumer electronics, pressure vessels and household appliances in Asia.

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Composite radio antenna to be featured at Carbon Fiber 2013

The DVA-1 radio antenna features a one-piece, 261-sq-m carbon fiber composite reflector and a new design approach for high-volume composites production.

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Hexcel, Safran sign composites agreement for LEAP-1 engines

Hexcel’s HexTow IM7 carbon fiber will be used to manufacture all LEAP-1 engine fan blades and containment cases for the Airbus A320 NEO, the Boeing 727MAX and the COMAC 919.

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Boeing launches 787-10 Dreamliner at Paris Air Show

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 family, will fly up to 7,000 nautical miles and seat 300 to 330 passengers.

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Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, June, 2013

Week of June 4: Aerospace job opportunities at Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Gentex Corp., ITT Exelis and Hexcel.

Week of June 11: Aerospace job opportunities at Gentex, Cytec Engineered Materials, Toray Composites (America) Inc. and PinPoint.

Week of June 18: Aerospace job opportunities at Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Hexcel, ITT, Radius Engineering and Boeing.

Week of June 25: Aerospace job opportunities at GE Aviation, McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research, Moseley Technical Services and Boeing.

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