In what ways can manufacturers or suppliers make composites more affordable?
Manufacturers and suppliers are in a good position to help transform manufacturing by using new and improved raw materials. For example, low-cost carbon fibers and fast-curing resins offer very good possibilities. It’s important for the industry to be open to and adopt the use of new technologies such as 3-D printing to customize composite products. It is also very important to reduce defect rates through better methods of monitoring and controlling the manufacturing process. Making parts that are multifunctional could reduce the part-count and, thus, the cost. Finally, we need to find ways to optimize the supply chain in order to reduce overall costs to manufacture composites.