The Innovations Page is a way for us to connect with the composites world. Our experiences with fiber-placement and composite materials frequently bring us interesting projects, and we want to share those stories.

Cobonded Composite Structures

Cobonded Composite Structures

Cobonded Structures Cobonded structures areĀ an assembly of two or more subcomponents made from melt-miscible materials that are bonded together during an automated fiber placement process. These assemblies, which can contain a wide variety of frames, stiffeners, and longerons, require no adhesives or fasteners. For 25 years, Automated Dynamics (now part of Trelleborg Group) has been… Read More

Composites Gaining Ground In Evolving Automotive Market

Composites Gaining Ground In Evolving Automotive Market

Automotive Composites Lighter, stronger, and friendlier to the environment, composites are making vehicles better. With emphasis on safety, performance, and fuel efficiency, automakers are turning to thermoplastic composites to meet ever-increasing industry and consumer standards. Rising CAFE requirements and customer demand for greater fuel economy are pushing manufacturers to deliver more environmentally friendly options. Lighter… Read More

Composite Springs and Sealing Solutions

Composite Springs and Sealing Solutions

Why use a Composite Spring? Reduce operating costs by limiting failures caused by traditional materials Will not scratch sealing surface or mark-off steel surface during service Will not corrode like steel Composites drill out easier than steel, not nesting in the drill bit How do composites compare to metal springs? Extrusion resistance is comparable to… Read More

The Pending Building Crisis

The Pending Building Crisis

  “The building industry is in crisis,” heard recently from an MIT Architecture grad student. What did she mean? “We can’t build buildings fast enough to keep up with our growing global population.” Projections from the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) estimate that by 2030, the world population will reach over… Read More

Taking A Look At Thermoplastic Driveshafts

Taking A Look At Thermoplastic Driveshafts

Driveshafts exist in a wide variety of applications spanning aerospace, automotive, and industrial markets. Just as varied are the materials used to manufacture these driveshafts. At Automated Dynamics, we emphasize the value and benefits of Thermoplastic Composites. Using Automated Fiber Placement allows for strong, highly customized, lightweight parts built to maximize performance. Depending on need,… Read More

Assessing Composites in the Oilfield

Assessing Composites in the Oilfield

Innovation in the oilfield has long been driven by composites. Tailor-made to withstand the high pressures and harsh conditions of sub-sea and offshore environments, composites offer creative solutions while keeping weight at a minimum. Improvements are seen in critical areas such as installation expenses, environmental resistances, and overall part longevity. In addition, composites offer integration… Read More

Thermoplastic Composite Stiffeners

Thermoplastic Composite Stiffeners

Large composite structures, when manufactured with high-performing thermoplastic materials, can offer significant weight savings and environmental resistances when compared to alternative materials such as metals. Building on this, thermoplastic composites can be used to create structures reinforced with composite stiffeners. This heightens the advantages of composites allowing for even lighter designs while also broadening the… Read More