This Month in Carbon Fiber: January 2014

CFG Updates

Great New Carbon Fiber Pens

We have two new pens from 5280 to replace some old models that have been discontinued.  The first is called the Majestic, which features carbon fiber on the barrel and cap, with rhodium trim.  It’s packaged very beautifully and for the price is, it’s the largest diameter pen we carry.  It’s hard to explain without having one in your hand, but it just ‘feels’ very high-end.  Perfect for a pen collector, but also if you’re just getting started in the pen collecting world.

5280 majestic carbon fiber pen

The second is a great desk accessory as the carbon fiber pen includes a an onyx and glass stand.

5280 carbon fiber pen and desk stand

 

Inside the stand you’ll find a magnet, that has just enough power to keep the pen in, but not get stuck when you’re trying to get the pen out.

Carbon Fiber Ice Buckets from Italy

Aznom is known mostly as an Italian automotive customizer, but they also dabble in lifestyle carbon fiber products.  We’re happy to offer the Glacette and the La Seau a Glace carbon fiber ice buckets to keep your champagne and fine wine cool (both ways!).

Aznom carbon fiber ice buckets

Aside from the shape, the main difference is that the Glacette is made from two pieces of carbon fiber with space between the two to better insulate the air.

 

 

Industry News

We’ve partnered with the folks at Composites World to bring you monthly updates in the more technical world of carbon fiber.  Here’s what’s new this month:

Airbus rolls out third A350 XWB test plane with carbon fiber livery

The third A350 XWB flight test plane features a carbon fiber weave painted on the back half of the fuselage and is the first of two test aircraft to be equipped with a full passenger cabin interior.

Airbus rolls out third A350 XWB test plane with carbon fiber livery

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Main landing gear doors designed for all contingencies

For the Airbus XWB airliner, they must meet strict structural, aerodynamic, emergency and aesthetic requirements.

Main landing gear doors designed for all contingencies

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Report: Boeing beginning search for 777X composite wing plant in Washington

The Tacoma, Wash.-based The New Tribune says Boeing’s Frederickson, Wash., plant is among four being considered to manufacture the carbon fiber composite wings for the redesigned 777.

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BMI and benzoxazine battle for future OOA aerocomposites

Offering weight, cost and process advantages, these “hot zone” resins are moving down the thermometer and into out-of-autoclave structural applications and autoclavable tooling now dominated by epoxies.

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Resin-infused MS-21 wings and wingbox

Moscow-based aeromanufacturer uses out-of-autoclave composites in attempt to leapfrog Airbus and Boeing with wider, lighter, more efficient single-aisle airliner.

Resin-infused MS-21 wings and wingbox

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Formax to open automotive production unit

A new facility adjacent to its existing manufacturing site will allow Formax to manufacture carbon fiber multiaxial fabrics for automotive applications.

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Toray acquisition of Zoltek delayed three months

The St. Louis Business Journal says Toray’s purchase of Zoltek has been pushed from Jan. 31 to April 30 to allow time for investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

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Moog Aerospace selected for full-scale tests on Bombardier carbon fiber wing

Moog will supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSEries aircraft advanced carbon fiber wing.

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WMG adopts Surface Generation technology for automotive development

WMG, a firm based at the University of Warwick in the U.K., will use Surface Generation’s Production to Functional Specifications process to develop manufacturing techniques for carbon fiber composite vehicle body architectures.

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Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, December, 2013

Week of Jan 7: Aerospace industry job opportunities at Rubbercraft, Hexcel, Cytec Specialty Chemicals and ITT.

Week of Jan 14: Aerospace job opportunities at Aerospace Technologies Corp., Cytec Specialty Chemicals, Hexcel, Toray Composites (America) and PinPoint Talent Services.

Week of Jan 28: Aerospace industry job opportunities at Hexcel, EchoStar, Rubbercraft, GE Aviation and Cytec Aerospace Materials.