This Week in Carbon Fiber – March 27th, 2013

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CFG Updates

Sector 5 Carbon Fiber Edition

We’ve been waiting a while now, but finally, we have the new Element Case Sector 5 Carbon Fiber Edition for the iPhone 5!  This is meant to replace the Vapor Pro that we used to sell for the iPhone 4/4S, but the Sector has a new and improved design.  Made in the USA with CNC aluminum and real carbon fiber on the back and sides, this is a really well put together package.

Caladorf carbon fiber keychainLuxury Handmade Carbon Fiber Keychain

Out of Portugal comes this handmade keychain that takes 18 working days to make.  The metal is nickel (also available by special order in silver or gold) and is really something that a real carbon fiber enthusiast would love.

Industry News

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

BMW i3 PrototypeBMW Group sheds some light on i3 production

Composites specialist Quickstep has delivered from its Bankstown, Australia facility its first parts for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Northrop Grumman Corp.

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Quickstep delivers first F-35 parts from Bankstown, Australia facility

The annual SpeedNews conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., USA, offers a rosy outlook for commercial aerospace in general and composites in particular.

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Firehole Composites acquired by Autodesk

Autodesk says it will sell and support the existing Firehole Composites product line of composites design and analysis software, including Helius:MCT and Helius:CompositePro.

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Report: Airbus considering acquisition of Spirit A350 facility

Aviation Week says Airbus might buy Spirit AeroSystems’ facility in Saint Nazaire, France, in order to gain better control of the Airbus A350 XWB supply chain.

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PRF Composites Materials installs new prepreg line

U.K.-based PRF Composite Materials is installing a new prepreg line to be operational by May 2013 for producing materials in large quantities or in small runs.

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Northrop Grumman delivers 100th F-35 center fuselage

The carbon fiber composite center fuselage, production of which was begun in March 2012, will be integrated into the 100th F-35 Lightning II, a conventional takeoff and landing variant.

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C. A. Litzler sells hot melt prepreg machinery

The machine order, from Hankuk Carbon of Korea, was inked at the recent JEC Europe show in Paris.

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Toray acquires Dome Carbon Magic

Japan-based Dome Carbon Magic was established in 1995 and manufactures carbon fiber composite structures for automotive racing applications.

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True Temper releases world’s lightest composite golf shaft

At a mere 39 grams, the shaft is made from Oxeon AB’s (Boras, Sweden) TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fiber reinforcement fabric.

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ITA RWTH Aachen takes home JEC’s 2013 Multifunctional Materials award

The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University’s lightweight pitch-based carbon composite construction material weighs less than aluminum but is as thermally conductive as steel alloy.

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Market Outlook: Surplus in carbon fiber’s future?

Participants at CW’s Carbon Fiber 2012 Conference see one coming as early as 2016.

Global carbon fiber forecast

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Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the week, March 27, 2013

Aerospace industry job opportunities at TenCate Advanced Composites USA, Barry Controls Aerospace, Hexcel, CAMRIS International and Arnold Engineering.

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