Entries by Jon Payne

Jaguar F-TYPE R Tour de France Support Vehicle

From Concept to Reality

jaguar_ftype_skyteam_04-bike-rackWorking for and with MCT engineering Leggero Forte has recently undertaken the tooling design and project management of the tooling and metallic components for Sky’s unique Jaguar F TYPE R coupe bike rack for this years’ time trial in the Tour de France.
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Composites Take Flight

Photo Courtesy: www.reinforcedplastics.com

Photo Courtesy: www.reinforcedplastics.com

Composites are playing a larger and larger role in aircraft. At Boeing they have gone from a tiny proportion of the planes’ bodies in the late 1960s to

half the materials used in their construction today. So what are the benefits and what are the challenges that this offers?

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Composites Opportunities and the Shanghai Free Trade Zone

Photo Courtesy: www.wantchinatimes.com

Photo Courtesy: www.wantchinatimes.com

China is a market of huge interest to all sorts of businesses. With its large economy it provides the opportunity to export to a growing group of consumers. It’s a customer base that is eager for manufactured goods, whether for individual consumers or to cater to China’s own growing industrial base, and this provides a great opportunity for composites manufacturers.

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Composite Tooling Goes Environmental

Photo Courtesy: www.sme.org?

Photo Courtesy: www.sme.org?

Environmental protection may not be the first thing you think of when you talk about composite tooling, but the two are deeply intertwined. Technological attempts to reduce our impact on the environment rely on good materials and precision tooling, making composites a large part of the solution to environmental problems. And now environmental research is repaying the favour, with knowledge developed at the polar ice caps feeding back into better composite design.

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