16 December 2007
16 December 2007
Quatro Composites has been awarded three contracts to supply carbon fibre panels to airframers and tier 1 suppliers for drill qualification and assembly training. ""As the airplane manufacturers make the radical shift from aluminium to carbon composite materials for the primary structure, much support is required to address the new techniques of drilling, fastening and bonding."" said Steve Roesner, Chief Operating Officer at Quatro Composites. Quatro supports the manufacturers of composite fuselage and wing skins by supplying carbon/epoxy panels that are built to the aircraft manufacturer's process specifications . In an effort to meet increased demand, Quatro has recently added an additional 30% of manufacturing space to its Orange City, Iowa facility for the manufacture of carbon fiber panels, as well as structural aerospace composite brackets. “Quatro’s expertise, enthusiasm and flexibility allow them to rapidly respond to customer’s requirements and to provide cost-effective solutions,” says Tom Yip of Boeing Phantom Works. Most of the panels Quatro produces are made with Toray T800 carbon epoxy prepreg.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system.
Boeing and Thermwood have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X programme. The project is demonstrating that additive manufacturing is ready to produce production quality tooling for the aerospace industry.
CRP USA will display solutions for the space industry manufactured in the Windform family of materials at Satellite Innovation 2018 at the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, US, on 9-11 October.