Compression Molding

sensXPERT Digital Mold earns 2022 AVK Innovation Award

Data-driven sensor technology optimizes and increases composites manufacturing efficiencies in real time, achieved through collaborative network.  

Grace Nehls
Managing Editor, CompositesWorld

Additive Manufacturing

Limited edition watch features carbon fiber case produced by 9T Labs

Using its Additive Fusion Technology, 9T Labs mass produced 1,000 units of the watch case from continuous carbon fiber-reinforced PEKK, achieving a strong, ultralight, aesthetic product.  


Digital Demo: The Advantages of Thermoplastics Technology

From stronger, longer-lasting parts to creating sustainable options for composite parts, this demo will pique your interest in this emerging technology. (Sponsored)

Natural Fibers

Faurecia advances biocomposites, recyclability, reduced CO2 and sustainability in automotive

Efforts include advancing NAFILean materials family in weight reduction and sustainability, as well as new Sustainable Materials division and R&D Center.  
#sustainability #trends


Lanxess equips SUVs with Tepex dynalite underbody paneling

Robust thermoplastic panels are 30% lighter than steel designs, features higher resistance to stone impacts or other damage, indicating future applications in electric-, hydrogen-powered vehicles.  

SMC seat frame

SMC: Old dog, more tricks

In the sheet molding compound renaissance, the advent of new resins and compounds are broadening the definition and application of this versatile family of composites.
#feature #marketing #regulation

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Compression Molding

Low-void, large-scale, high-volume 3D-printed composites

Among its many composites-related projects, Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently installed its first AMCM test cell, combining extrusion with compression molding for fast, low-void, low-porosity thermoplastic composite parts.
#workinprogress #automation

Carbon Fibers

CFRTP enables better, greener smartphones

Carbon Mobile’s “monocoque” design eliminates separate case, cover and frame, better protects electronics and simplifies disassembly.
#focusondesign #sustainability

Compression Molding

Plant tour: Victrex Composites Solutions, Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.

De-risking thermoplastic composites at industrial scale via hybrid overmolding.
#outofautoclave #planttour #paek

Carbon Fibers

SMC material configurations tailored to automotive battery enclosure design

SMC battery cover offers various module configurations, levels of performance, mass and cost for electric vehicles.
#electricvehicles #focusondesign #sheetmoldingcompound

Compression Molding

Increasing the composite stack: Co-molding of dissimilar materials

This demo introduces the concept of co-molding with thermoset composites to improve the final part performance. (Sponsored)


Reprocessable, repairable and recyclable epoxy resins for composites

CIDETEC matures 3R resins for aerospace applications via AIRPOXY program.
#adhesives #workinprogress #sustainability


Large composite covers protect a lot of water

A massive concrete water storage facility in Bogotá, Colombia, gets a much-needed makeover with the resin transfer molding of 840 large composite domes that keep the water potable.
#insidemanufacturing #outofautoclave

Compression Molding

Battery enclosure demonstrator testing proves EV feasibility, launches series production projects

Kautex Textron and Lanxess jointly developed and tested a PA6 technology demonstrator, reinforced with locally placed continuous fiber blanks, which passed all important mechanical, thermal tests.  


Collins Aerospace demonstrates new thermoplastic composites capabilities

Collins Aerospace in Almere has produced a 7-meter raceway for the Clean Sky 2 MFFD lower fuselage using novel CCM and tooling technology while the Riverside facility in the U.S. advances AFP and welding as part of global strategy for more sustainable airframes.

Compression Molding

Wickert commissions composite press for ballistic plate production

Wickert reports an increasing interest in complete presses used to produce composites-intensive armor for civilian and military vehicles, ships and aircraft.  


Teijin Automotive Technologies to produce pickup box for next-gen Toyota Tundra

One-piece compression molded composite pickup boxes — in addition to the tailgate — will be produced at the company’s Seguin, Texas, facility in three size options.  

Compression Molding

Solvay expands Solvalite portfolio into automotive, invest in Xencor LFT production facilities

New fast curing carbon fiber and woven fabric prepregs target high-volume automotive applications such as body panels with optimized structural part performance.

Compression Molding

Hypetex creates colored carbon fiber covers for IQOS tobacco heating devices

The U.K. manufacturer and supplier of advanced materials coordinated all aspects, from initial concept to final solution, including a fully optimized production process.


Compression Molding

CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Wickert Hydraulic Presses USA

Wickert Hydraulic Presses showcases its custom hydraulic presses and fully automated press systems for demanding composite manufacturing solutions.


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Venango Machine Company Inc.

Venango’s MultiZone heating platens are said to reduce mold surface temperature variation by almost 400% during the compression molding process.

Compression Molding

Sigma Engineering adds compression molding simulation to Sigmasoft Virtual Molding

In addition to a reworked user interface, the full process simulation software now includes the ability to view all thermal influences on the component and in the mold.  

Compression Molding

CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Macrodyne Technologies

A new, fully automated D-LFT system, and Macrodyne’s breadth of heated platen press offerings for thermoset and thermoplastic composite applications will be on display at CAMX 2022.  


CAMX 2022 exhibit preview: Teubert

Teubert highlights enhancements made to its continuous compression molding (CCM) system, including production scale-up, reducing required energy during production, live measurement of pressure distribution.  

Compression Molding

Greenerd designs, engineers new 2,500-ton compression molding press

Productive, reliable molding press features an optimized mold transfer system for improved ergonomic and safety dynamics for operators.