Japanese Boeing supplier Nippi is looking to reduce the cost of making carbon-fiber composite parts by half, with the anticipated upgrade or successor to the U.S. manufacturer’s 777 a possible early application of this new process. By eliminating fasteners in complex pieces, Nippi estimates it can also reduce the mass of the parts by 10%. The company’s process is a form of vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (Vartm), which Nippi, like other composites makers, is developing as a ...


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