20 June 2011
20 June 2011
The 5th International CFK-Valley Stade Convention that took place on 7-8 June in Stade attracted interest from 438 participants, 20% of which were international guests.
CFK believe the exhibition was fully booked because of high interest in its focus; ‘Automation, Simulation, Processes and Material Innovations’.
Professor Axel Herrmann, Chairman of the Board of Directors of CFK-Valley opened the 2-day lecture series and emphasised the issue of cost reduction “In order to replace as many metal parts as possible with this material of the future, costs must be reduced considerably - particularly if we want to enter other braches in addition to the aerospace industry”. He pointed to milestones in the achievement of this objective, such as the opening of CFK-NORD, carbon fibre research centre last year and, during the evening event, participants of the convention could obtain information on current CFK-NORD projects.
The convention also featured the “Composite Innovations Award 2011” which is endowed with a scholarship valued at €18,000 for composite courses that culminates with a Master of Science at the Private University of Applied Sciences, Göttingen, Germany. This year’s winner was ZF Lemdörfer for its project “Hybrid Brake Pedal in Connection with Continuous Fibre-Reinforced Polymer”.
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.