The past year has been marked by incredible growth for the composites industry in a wide range of markets. Innovation has been occurring at a rapid pace. Refresh your memory of the past year with our top 10 stories from 2017!

  1. Architecture: New Apple Store in Dubai Features Composite “Solar Wings:” To mitigate Dubai’s climate, Apple hired London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners to design eighteen 37.5-foot-high motorized “Solar Wings” that respond to the region’s fluctuating environmental conditions.
  2. Automotive: Tesla Unveils All-Electric Semi-Truck with 500-Mile Range: The carbon fiber prototype boasts a 500-mile electric range, can pull a gross weight of 80,000 pounds, and can go from zero to 60 mph in 20 seconds.
  3. Aerospace: Boeing Begins Production of 777X Aircraft: Boeing celebrated the official kickoff of production of its 777X wide-body jet. The 777X aircraft is a large-sized twin-engine passenger aircraft currently being developed by Boeing as a successor to the existing 777.
  4. Aerospace: Boeing Rolls Out First 787-10 Dreamliner for Commercial Use: Boeing rolled out the first 787-10 Dreamliner built for commercial use at its Final Assembly facility in North Charleston, S.C.
  5. Aerospace: Scaled Composites Completes Test of Stratolaunch, the World’s Largest Composite Aircraft: Mojave, Calif.-based Scaled Composites announced that its Stratolaunch aircraft was towed outside for the first time to begin its ground test phase.
  6. Automotive: Magna International and Ford Develop Composite Subframe Reducing Weight by 34 Percent: Ford and Magna International developed an award-winning prototype carbon fiber composite subframe that reduces mass by 34 percent compared to making a stamped steel equivalent.
  7. Military: Thermwood Creates Composite Helicopter Part made with Innovative 3-D Printing Technology: A cooperative effort between Thermwood Corporation, Applied Composite Engineering (ACE), Techmer PM and Purdue University’s Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center has produced a composite helicopter part using a 3-D Printed Polysulfone (PSU) mold.
  8. Marine: Lexus Debuts Sport Yacht Concept with Carbon Fiber Composites: Lexus says the Sport Yacht concept’s unique CFRP construction saves nearly 2,200 pounds compared to similarly-made yachts with other materials.
  9. Military: US Navy and ORNL Develop Military’s First 3D-Printed Submarine Hull: Known as the Optionally Manned Technology Demonstrator, the hull is inspired by the Navy’s submersible SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV).
  10. Sports: Bugatti and PG Unveil World’s Lightest Bike: The bike, inspired by Bugatti’s Chiron sports car, weighs just 11 pounds thanks to carbon fiber composites.

To get stories like these in your inbox each week, visit the ACMA portal and click on the “subscriptions” tab.