Press Release: Polytechnique Montréal
Polytechnique Montréal researchers have produced an ultra-tough polymer fibre directly inspired by spider silk.
They believe that composites obtained by weaving together tough fibers of the type they're currently developing could, for example, make possible new, safer and lighter casings for aircraft engines, which would prevent debris from dispersing in case of explosion. Full Article
Marios Lambi, BASF Performance Materials
It’s no secret that the process of converting metal to plastic brings many benefits such as greater design freedom, part consolidation and mass reductions. But for many, this replacement of materials brings doubt. Specifically, there's a misconception that a plastic material's performance cannot easily be predicted like that of steel of aluminum. At BASF, we are virtually eliminating those fears by introducing Ultrasim, a predictive technology tool, into the product development of parts molded using BASF materials. Full Article
Press Release - Ford Motor Co.
Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement (JDA) to formally advance research on cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber, a material poised to play a significant role in the drive to make vehicles lighter for greater fuel efficiency, performance and capability.The agreement, between Ford Motor Co., Ford Global Technologies and DowAksa —a 50/50 joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.Ş—will combine DowAksa’s feedstock capacity, carbon fiber conversion and downstream intermediates production capabilities with Ford's expertise in design, engineering and high-volume manufacturing. Full Article
Senior Editor Bill Koenig
BMW AG’s i3 electric vehicle “is the most dramatically different car since the Model T,” a consultant said, describing the results of a teardown his firm did on the model. “If I were an executive, I would be thinking, ‘How am I going to compete with this?’” Sandy Munro, chief executive officer of Munro & Associates in Auburn Hills, MI, said in an interview on Tuesday. Full Article
Senior Editor Jim Lorincz
Thanks to the aerospace industries and large quality-intensive programs such as the Airbus 380 and Boeing 787, the business of machining composites has moved into the mainstream of the manufacturing industry. There’s a bevy of tools, specialty tools and know-how about how to machine composites today, which helps make the complex materials ripe for expansion into other areas of industry. Full Article