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My Workshop Is Cold!

My garage is cold, and I'm trying to cure some urethane. All it needs is a nice warm hug... A while ago, I wrote about the need to monitor shop temperature, material temperature and mold temperature. It's really important. These days, a go-to device for this is the...

We Have The Best Customers. Literally

Anybody who spends much time around me hears me rant and rave about how good local Canadian manufacturing talent is. Today there's an official announcement that backs this up in a very unusual and surprisingly cool way.  For a while now the homegrown AeroVelo team has...

The Future of Composites Mass Production

For me, in this industry, the future is automation.  It isn't the first and won't be the last time I write a blog on it.  Composites are expensive to build.  The biggest reason they are expensive is labor.  Even offshore composite parts (don't get me started on...

Sunny Days

SAMPE 2013 is over and it’s time for me to leave the sunny summer coast.  Monday I left Toronto sunny and 80⁰F. I get to Los Angeles to rain and 65⁰F. Show’s over, it’s Thursday night and guess what? Raining and 65⁰F. But enough complaining. Sitting on a patio...

Automated Composites

For me, one of the more interesting parts of our industry has been the race to fully integrate composites into the automotive industry.  Not so much the flashy clear finished carbon fiber parts showing up on performance cars, but run-of-the-mill production vehicles....

Concrete Solutions

Civil infrastructure: it’s constantly falling apart. Buildings, bridges, and roads, all get built just in time to start a continuous process of deterioration. I complain about it as much as anybody else, but it’s the reason construction on the highways just never...

Go Eco-Friendly With Flax Fibers

We're excited to be bringing in a new eco-friendly fabric.  Made in the UK, Composites Evolution brings innovative ideas to traditional fabric technology. Biotex Flax is a range of high-performance reinforcement yarns and fabrics based on natural flax fibre, and...

2017 World Human-Powered Speed Challenge

2017 World Human-Powered Speed Challenge

University of Toronto -  Engineering’s Human-Powered Vehicle Design Team Wins the 2017 World Human-Powered Speed Challenge. The bike's pilot, Calvin Moes, becomes the fastest person in the world this year - achieving a top speed of just over 127 km/h - and winning the...

JEC Composites Show Paris – March 2015

JEC, the world’s leading annual composites industry show and conference, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.   Both attendees and exhibitors had a wide international representation.   Attendance was strong and the show has increased in size for the last several...