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Lightweighting: Ford to Develop Carbon Fiber for High-Volume Auto Manufacturing

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

The Increasingly Perfected Science of Machining Composites

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

SME Speaks: Composites Usage Expands, Stimulating Innovation

Louis C. “Lou” Dorworth, Division Manager, Abaris Training Resources Inc


As a member of SME’s Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community and its Composite Manufacturing Tech Group, I have the privilege of working closely with other like-minded members who meet regularly and share information about current trends within industry. Through this collaboration, what we’ve discovered is that many new materials and innovative manufacturing processes have emerged in recent years resulting from an exponential increase in the use of composites across multiple industries over the past 10 years. Full Article

Tech Front: New Method Creates Precise Graphene Nanoribbons

Edited by Senior Editors Patrick Waurzyniak and Ellen Kehoe


A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, has designed a new precision method of synthesizing graphene nanoribbons from molecular building blocks. The research, which created nanoribbons with enhanced properties, could be used in future electronic circuitry. Full Article

AERODEF 2015: Meeting the Challenge of Composites

George N. Bullen, President and CEO, Smart Blades Inc.


Carbon fiber composites “grew up” in the airline world for replacement of metal parts. Today, they are reaching maturity as an integral part of aerospace manufacturing. But the growing pains continue, according to George N. Bullen, FSME, CPIM, who has spent his career working in space and space technologies and is now president/CEO of Smart Blades, Inc. Full Article

LIFT Plans to Coordinate With Composites Manufacturing Institute

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


A Detroit-based group working on lightweight materials plans to coordinate with a similar Tennessee-based organization trying to develop composite materials.“We’re looking at how we should collaborate,” said Lawrence Brown, executive director of Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, or LIFT, the Detroit-based group that’s part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, or NNMI, an initiative of the Obama administration to speed development of advanced manufacturing.   Full Article

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