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Showstoppers of 2014: Carbon-fiber composite processing technology

Japan’s IPF show is held every three years near Tokyo. In the latest iteration that convened in October this year, the focus was on application development; in other words, what one could achieve with Japanese injection machines already on the market. Of the many highlights, PlasticsToday’s pick is carbon-fiber composite processing technology from JSW (Hiroshima, Japan).

Japan’s IPF show is held every three years near Tokyo. In the latest iteration that convened in October this year, the focus was on application development; in other words, what one could achieve with Japanese injection machines already on the market. Of the many highlights, PlasticsToday’s pick is carbon-fiber composite processing technology from JSW (Hiroshima, Japan).

The technique uses multiple sheets of a polyamide powder-impregnated “semi-prepreg” that are press-formed into a rigid part, which is then transferred to an injection tool for selective back-molding. In other back-molding processes on show at IPF, the prepregs employed lacked structural integrity and had to be completely back-molded.

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