Makani Wind Energy Puts Composites on a Tether

WalktheMakaniThe switch to clean energy means wind power needs to be more cost efficient up front. See how composites play a role in this unique application.

August 27, 2014   No Comments

Mantis Shrimp Holds Key to Better Composites in its Fist

MantisShrimpEyesMantis Shrimp may hold key to creating better composites…in its fist.

August 13, 2014   No Comments

Christian von Koenigsegg: Next Bond Villain or Composites Superman?

Koenigsegg One:1For two decades, the Swedish car maker has been turning heads in the automotive world at near warp speed. He’s got composite fabricators equally impressed.

July 16, 2014   No Comments

Carbon Fiber elevator cables will take us higher


UltraRope
Finland’s Kone recently unveiled UltraRope, a carbon fiber rope they hope will replace old steel elevator cables, raising the ceiling on tall buildings.

June 19, 2013   2 Comments

Pagani Zonda Revolution – Going out with a Bang

Pagani is set to have a final special production run limited to 5 examples. The Pagani Zonda Revolution is a $2.9 Million per unit send-off.

June 5, 2013   2 Comments

Solar Impulse Crossing the Continent on Sunshine

Solar Impulse, the company behind first aircraft that can fly day and night with only solar energy, has set a team out on a journey to cross the American continent.

May 22, 2013   1 Comment

Lessons from Nature Built into Composite Pavilion


Composite Pavilion spinning
A German university team used natural designs as inspiration in the November construction of a high-tech composite pavilion that the team hopes can be used as a model for architectural composite creation.

March 11, 2013   2 Comments

Olin Sailbot Nearly Ready to Leave Dock

Sailbot's Chaos TheoryThe Olin Sailbot team isn’t going it alone — It’s not going at all. That’s the idea, at least, for its 2012-13 club project, a large model-sized sailboat they hope is the next step to sailing autonomously across the Atlantic Ocean.

March 6, 2013   No Comments

Vizio.M uses composites to avoid safety/efficiency trade-off

Vizio.M side viewAs fuel prices rise and people become more conscious of environmental impact, companies and consumers are reconsidering their daily vehicles. Enter the Vizio.M, a joint project between the Technical University of Munch, BMW and Daimler. The concept vehicle is an attempt to build a cost-effective, lightweight — yet still road-safe — electric vehicle for the future.

January 31, 2013   1 Comment