November 1 2013
Opening of the Lowell Makes makerspace (Lowell MA)
Lowell Makes officially opened its doors to users on Friday! Visit them at 47 Lee St to see their growing member-led operation devoted to creative and innovative fabrication.
October 16-18 2013
Visit to Specialty Materials Inc. (Lowell MA)
Students from 22.597 "Processing of Composites" toured Specialty Materials Inc. in Lowell. The tour included the only boron fiber manufacturing line in the world, as well as pre-pregging, hybrid fibers, carbon fiber spinning, and boron-magnesium nanoparticle production
October 15 2013
Visit to Plasan Composites (Woburn MA)
Students from 22.597 "Processing of Composites" visited Plasan U.S. Defense Composite Structures in Woburn MA. Students saw the largest pultrusion manufacturing set-up in the world, in addition to filament winding.
October 14 2013
Celebration for Valentin Sitte and Johannes Möller (Nashua NH)
Group members of the ACMTRL had a celebratory going-away party for Valentin and Johannes, who spent 6 months in the composites lab visiting from Hochschule Darmstadt in Germany. We wish them the best of luck!
October 2-3 2013
ACMTRL @ JEC Americas (Boston MA)
Composites lab students staffed a table for the Advanced Composite Materials & Textiles Research Laboratory at the JEC Americas Expo. Thanks to everyone who helped out!
September 27 2013
M.S. Defenses (UML)
Valentin Sitte, Johannes Möller, and Alex Petrov all successfully defended their M.S. theses. Congratulations!
Learn more about composites:
Smithsonian Channel: When lightning strikes an airplane
Watch this clip about how composite airplane structures can handle lightning strikes.
Electroimpact: Automated tape placement
This clip shows one of Electroimpact's ATP machines in action.