Hawthorn Composites Awarded Structural Inlet Duct Manufacturing Contract from Kratos

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02/01/2021 (Dayton – OH) Hawthorn Composites, the Dayton-based manufacturer of high performance, complex geometry, structural composites was awarded a structural inlet duct manufacturing contract from Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. to provide twelve inlet ducts for the XQ-58A Valkyrie platform. The twelve structural inlet ducts will be made using Smart Tooling’s shape memory polymer (SMP) tooling, combined with overbraiding …

Dry Carbon Fiber & Liquid Epoxy UAV Inlet Duct

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PROBLEM –Fabricate a 52” long by 12” diameter inlet duct for a tactical UAV at a lower cost than hand applied carbon pre-preg and an autoclave cure while maintaining equal performance and quality. OPPORTUNITY – Drive down overall cost without impacting performance by delivering a composite inlet duct using dry carbon fiber and epoxy resin infusion with an oven cure. SOLUTION – The tactical …

Spintech Holdings, Inc Announces Addition of a New Composite Manufacturing Division, Hawthorn Composites

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01/19/2021 (Dayton – OH) Dayton-based Spintech Holdings, Inc. announces the opening of a new composites manufacturing business division named Hawthorn Composites. This new division extends Spintech Holdings’ composite capabilities beyond the existing Smart Tooling division that provides formable & reusable composite tooling solutions for complex geometry composites. Hawthorn Composites specializes in manufacturing complex geometry composite parts using novel dry fiber …

Switching from Carbon Fiber Prepreg to Resin Transfer Molding

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Find out how switching from carbon fiber prepreg to resin transfer molding (RTM) can save 67% per composite fuselage PROBLEM – Fabricate a 1/2 scale UAV fuselage at a significantly lower cost with highly similar weight, performance, and quality OPPORTUNITY – Switch to lower cost materials, out-of-autoclave cure, while deploying novel manufacturing technology SOLUTION – Dry carbon fiber socks, liquid …