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Composites Weekly

Composites Weekly is an online podcast published each week by industry expert Jonathan Taylor. Jonathan has served as consultant in the composites industry for over 12 years. He brings you the latest news and information in the world of composites and provides interviews of leading manufacturers and distributors in the industry.
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Now displaying: September, 2022
Sep 29, 2022

This week I welcome Vishnu Marla, a scientist at W. L. Gore & Associates, a company with an amazing history of innovation. 

Gore is a materials science company focused on creating solutions for the most challenging environments — from implants in the human body to clothing worn on expeditions to Mt. Everest, to electronic cables transmitting signals from Mars.

Since 1958, Gore has developed products that improve lives. At the center of these solutions is polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), a polymer with exceptional properties like high tensile strength, a low dielectric constant, UV resistance and many more. In 1969, the possibilities for PTFE expanded with Bob Gore’s discovery of expanded PTFE, or ePTFE.

Gore fabric technologies have revolutionized the performance of fabrics by controlling porosity through unique microstructures. Membrane technologies and advanced polymers and materials have been developed to meet specific performance criteria for outdoor activities as well as occupational and industrial uses.

Gore has 12,000 employees, with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan, and China, and sales offices around the world.

You can learn more about Gore by visiting https://www.gore.com

Sep 27, 2022

This week, Andrew Pokelwaldt with the ACMA joins me on the podcast as we discuss ways composite fabricators can create new market opportunities while serving their existing customers.

We'll be referencing one of my favorite business books Blue Ocean Strategy. 

Sep 22, 2022

On this episode, Byron Kennedy joins me on the show to discuss SPEE3D, a company that has developed the fastest most affordable metal additive manufacturing process in the world. 

Their printer technology enables the most affordable metal additive manufacturing process in the world. They make parts the fastest way possible, leveraging metal cold spray technology to produce industrial quality metal parts in just minutes, rather than days or weeks. 

Sep 12, 2022

This week, I share an interview I did with Dr. Francesco Fornasiero of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discussing some of their work in developing a material that could protect soldiers from biological and chemical agents.

The work includes fabricating flexible polymeric membranes with aligned carbon nanotube channels as moisture conductive pores. The size of these pores is 5,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

This material is the first key component of futuristic smart uniforms that also can respond to and protect soldiers and civilians from environmental chemical hazards.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission of strengthening the United States’ security through the development and application of world-class science and technology to:

  • Enhance the nation’s defense.
  • Reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
  • And respond with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.

You can read more about the research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory by visiting https://www.llnl.gov.

 

 

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