Owens Corning Showcased ‘Make Impossible Things’ with Composites at JEC World 2018

March 19 2018

Composites experts from Owens Corning showcased the power of composites to “Make Impossible Things” at the JEC World 2018 composites show and conferences in Paris, France.

Owens Corning’s booth featured a variety of tangible examples of the “impossible things” Owens Corning composite solutions are enabling. Representatives from Owens Corning’s global team of composites experts and business leaders discussed the company’s entire array of industry-leading solutions, including:

• XSTRAND high-performance composite filaments for 3D printing. Samples on display included composite product applications for sporting goods (snow skis and “flying boat” foils) and medical prosthetics.
• Owens Corning’s new hybrid glass/carbon fiber for structural and semi-structural applications in the automotive, marine, and sporting goods
• Glass-fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite rebar used to build longer-lasting infrastructure solutions for applications ranging from bridge decks to sea walls. On display were a corrosion simulator, illustrating the non-corrosive characteristics of GFRP rebar in comparison to epoxy-coated steel rebar, and a glass fiber rebar “F-shape bridge railing” being used in the construction of the composite-reinforced Halls River “bridge to the future” project underway in Homosassa, Fla., USA.
• Owens Corning composites applications for the automotive market. Display samples, including tailgates and rear spoilers, illustrated the capacity for light-weighting and freedom of design enabled by composites.
• Thermoplastic tapes used in housing low-pressure gas. On display were pressure vessels made with Owens Corning SE4849 direct roving.

Technical Presentations:

• “High-Performance Composite Filaments for Additive Manufacturing”: Owens Corning Front-End Innovation Technical Platform Leader Emmanuel Vaquant discussed how the company’s new, high-performance XSTRAND composite filaments enable manufacturers to more fully leverage the benefits of 3D printing for functional prototyping and a variety of industrial applications.

• “Building the Cities of Tomorrow”: Owens Corning Strategic Marketing Global Product Manager for Pipe and Pultrusion Kendall Thacker explored the compelling case for composites in delivering next-generation solutions for infrastructure challenges associated with building the cities of tomorrow.

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