At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. Last year's show featured several earth-shaking step-changes we told you about, including new carbon composite materials and processes for production car volumes.
This year's show also saw some announcements related to automotive applications, like Dow's even shorter cycle time, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace. That's not surprising, since composites have a very long history in aircraft and spacecraft.
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Quantum Composites' customer, Rapid Composites, won the JEC Europe 2015 Innovation Award for UAVs, for its tri-copter/quad-configurable UAV drone, shown here. The rugged amphibious drone employs three different Quantum Composites carbon fiber and glass fiber advanced molding compounds: AMC 8590, AMC 8593, and QC 8560. It is man-portable, has minimal parts for easy assembly, carries a 7 kg maximum payload, can fly for more than 30 minutes, and performs amphibious take-off and landing. Quantum was recognized as Rapid Composites' partner, and exhibited one of the award-winning drones in its booth.
(Source: Rapid Composites)
Ann R. Thryft is senior technology editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 25 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, machine vision, and all kinds of communications.
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