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:
ASCO wins contract for hybrid complex frames for A350 XWB-1000
Belgium-based ASCO will manufacture titanium and carbon fiber composite complex frames for the center wing box structure on the A350 XWB-1000 aircraft.
New surface treatments for recycled carbon fiber
UK firm awarded grant to support new lightweight composites made from rescued carbon fiber.
Clemson University receives grant for carbon fiber precursor research
Clemson’s Amod Ogale will use the $2 million to research development of lower-cost precursor materials for carbon fiber manufacture.
First all-carbon Diamond Aircraft DART-450 completes maiden flight
The all-carbon fiber, two-seat civilian and military trainer has a top speed of 250 knots TAS.
EnvisionTEC launches new composites 3D printer
The SLCOM technology allows for the building of composite parts using layer-by-layer laminated thermoplastic composite fabric sheets from a roll.
Hexcel Corp. invests in Oxford Performance Materials
Oxford Performance Materials produces thermoplastic, carbon fiber-reinforced 3D-printed parts for commercial aerospace and space and defense applications.
CONNOVA signs multi-year contract with Marenco Swisshelicopter
CONNOVA will supply composite parts, sub-assemblies and tooling for a new helicopter’s carbon fiber composite airframe.
Ex-Toray executive joins Carbon Conversions
Keith Graham, previously with Toray Carbon Fibers America, will lead business development at CC
New aero helmet from Giro features TeXtreme
The Aerohead Ultimate MIPS weighs just 455g and will be available in summer 2016.
Quickstep and DCNS sign MoU for composites production
DCNS was recently selected by the Australian Government as its preferred international partner for the design of 12 submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.
Embraer begins Legacy 450/500 production in Florida
Embraer reports that its composite structures are cured in autoclaves to provide the highest quality, weight reduction and greater resistance against corrosion and fatigue
Carver Non-Woven Technologies opens its doors
US-based Carver Non-Woven Technologies offers nonwovens made with glass fiber, bast, carbon fiber, basalt fiber and thermoplastic fibers in densities ranging from 300-2,400 gsm.
e-Go aeroplanes announces first production aircraft
The e-Go is a lightweight, composites-intensive, single-seat light sport aircraft designed for low cost of ownership and operating costs.
Dow, Aston Martin extend partnership
A broader portfolio of Dow solutions will be used for Aston Martin production models and race cars.
Lamborghini opens carbon fiber research facility in Seattle
Operating as an entity outside of the company’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, the research center is responsible for unlocking new potential in carbon fiber.
Zoltek names new CEO
Effective May 18, 2016, Yoshihiro Takeuchi took over as president, COO and CEO of Zoltek Companies
Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, June, 2016
Week of June 1 : Aerospace-related job opportunities with Wesco Aircraft, Aurora Flight Sciences, Alcoa and more.
Week of June 7: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Wesco Aircraft, Hexcel, Toray Composites (America) Inc., and more.
Week of June 14: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Alcoa, Eaton and others.
Week of June 21: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Northern Composites, AAR Corp., Hexcel and Toray Composites (America) Inc.
Week of June 28: Aerospace-related job opportunities at Rubbercraft, Northern Composites, Donaldson Co. Inc., Alcoa and Hexcel.