The second day of CAMX 2022 kicked off with Good Day, CAMX!, a full of life panel dialogue that explored the collaboration between Re:Construct Manufacturing, Victrex and Elroy Air to develop next-generation aerospace buildings and lead the adoption of thermoplastic supplies.
“With collaboration comes nice issues,” mentioned Marcy Offner, Director of Advertising Communications at Composites One, who moderated the panel dialogue. “With superior supplies like thermoplastics altering the manufacturing panorama, it’s crucial to create partnerships that showcase the advantages of high-performance supplies in growing market segments, bringing benefits to the producer whereas concurrently rising our total trade – proper right here at dwelling.”
Re:Construct Manufacturing and Victrex are partnering with Elroy Air to develop thermoplastic rotor blades for its Chaparral vertical take-off and touchdown (VTOL) autonomous aerial cargo platform.
“Our car has a hybrid powertrain, and we wish to make that as carbon environment friendly as we probably can,” mentioned Jay Wakenshaw, COO of Elroy Air. “Weight is all the time a premium in aerospace, however once you get to that stage of electrical propulsion … each final gram, each final ounce of weight on that air car you wish to shed, and thermoplastic is likely one of the key enablers to get that finished.” Different properties, akin to toughness and stiffness, are additionally fascinating for the car.
Scalability can be crucial. With eight vertical elevate propellors, the Chaparral would require a whole lot of blades when it goes into full manufacturing. Thermoplastic composites can meet the demand.
“The place you may have purposes that require excessive ranges of repeatability and excessive manufacturing numbers, you’re going to be higher served utilizing thermoplastic options,” mentioned Jonathan Sourkes, Head of Gross sales of Aero SBU at Victrex, a provider of PEEK and PAEK-based polymer options.