Category Archives: Composite Industry Updates

Leif Dahl rounds out our new roster of Composite Blog team members

The final addition to our fresh crop of composites blog contributors, we welcome Leif Dahl! He is responsible for the Sandvik Coromant research and development (R&D) work in super-hard materials and brazing. “The growing market and variety of composite materials pushes the R&D of brazed PCD tools. Advanced characterization instruments such as X-Ray Computer Tomography,…

3D-printing: Opportunity or threat?

3D-printing is increasingly used to manufacture components such as hip implants. In this case it is the possibility to produce a surface texture that stimulate bone in-growth and thereby speeds up the healing process. – Image from Arcam AB® 3D-printing, or additive manufacturing, is not a new phenomenon. Chuck Hull, the father of 3D-printing, actually…

SAE Aerotech 2013 – Aviation leadership for a sustainable future

On September 24-26, SAE Aerotech will be held at Palais des congrès de Montréal, Canada. This is where the top aerospace professionals meet every other year to grow networks and discuss challenges and opportunities for the industry.  Boeing is one of the sponsors of the event and will present a white paper of their success…

JEC Europe 2013 was a success

Despite the snow and heavy winter conditions, the JEC show in Paris last week was a success — for the show, the visitors and the exhibitors alike.  On Wednesday 13 March, Mohamed Hammadi – Sandvik Coromant composite application specialist gave a speech on innovative solutions for composite machining for the aerospace industry, including a customer case where…

A400M Atlas: The world’s newest and most advanced military airlifter

More than 30 percent of the A400M’s aero structure is composed of composites. The largest composite parts on the plane are the one-piece wing skins. When conceived and implemented, it represented one of the composite industry’s largest design-, engineering- and assembly-challenges. It’s interesting to read how successfully Airbus has been able to implement carbon fiber…

UK Government grants National Composites Centre funds for Phase II

We were very happy to hear about the investment in the National Composites Centre in the UK (Bristol).  This investment demonstrates the level of confidence that composites will play a growing role in manufacturing both in the UK and globally. Chancellor George Osborne announced an investment of £28 million British pounds ($45 million US dollars)…

Will your next Ford Focus have a carbon fiber composite hood?

Ford has developed a carbon fiber composite hood for their Ford Focus. A prototype was shown at the Composites Europe trade fair on October 9th. According to CompositeWorld, it is manufactured using a high-speed process that could be suitable for high-volume production in the near future. Read the full CompositeWorld story here. buy cialis no…

Composite machining insights from JEC Europe

One of Composite Machining’s resident experts, Mohamed Hammadi, application specialist, Sandvik Coromant, shared insights about successfully machining composites and stacked materials at the JEC Europe event in March this year. The presentation is divided into three segments, providing a  guided tour through market trends, machining techniques, tools, machines and trouble shooting. Part I Part II Part III  

No Place Like Home for Composite Materials

Composites are fast becoming a genuine alternative to bricks and mortar when it comes to construction projects, offering real “homes for the 21st century.” Supporting this statement was a forum organized by a company called Rivesud. Taking place in Tunis, Tunisia, the company presented the UN.CO2  (UNlimited COmposites) project, for houses made of composite materials. The…

European Composite Application Center opens

Sandvik Coromant recently opened the European Application Center for composite machining as a resource for manufacturers looking to optimize the production of composite components. Located in Orléans, France, the new Application Center supports European markets and serves as a specially-manned competence facility for customer projects. It aims to deliver complete processing, programming, testing and machining…