Collins Aerospace leads the way in thermoplastic composite manufacturing
Thermoplastic composites are making an impressive mark on the aerospace industry today. Manufacturers are achieving reduced manufacturing cycle times of 80 percent, products are up to 50% lighter compared to earlier iterations and sustainability is far more advanced than we’ve seen in years past.
What are thermoplastic composites?
Thermoplastic composites are getting a lot of attention these days as the aerospace industry increasingly uses them to replace various metallic and thermoset composite parts.
The future of aerospace is...plastics?
In a famous quote from the timeless 1967 movie "The Graduate," a young Dustin Hoffman receives some prescient advice. His father's friend tells him about the path to future success: "One word…plastics." Few would have believed then that even airplanes would one day be built out of plastics.
Fly lighter, with less fuel
Aircraft structures made with thermoplastic composites can reduce operating costs and make flight more sustainable.
We’re advancing innovative materials and breakthrough technologies to create lighter weight, more sustainable components – from the smallest brackets to even larger, complex fan cowls – to reduce the overall weight of an aircraft. And lighter means more fuel-efficient. With automated manufacturing and integrated thermoplastic composite structures, we can help you fly lighter – and shape a more sustainable future along the way.
Superior weight savings
Up to 50% weight reduction compared to metallic structures and 20% lighter than thermoset structures
Supported aircraft platforms – and growing
Sustainable solutions in less time
Up to 80% reduction in manufacturing cycle time compared to thermoset
Potential for 100% recyclability at the end of its lifecycle
Advanced manufacturing technologies
20+ research and development centers
~70k sq. ft. of manufacturing and office space
8 stamp forming presses
10 CNC trim stations
4,200 tools created
700° F temperature to mold materials
<400° F operating temperature
Thermoplastics news from around the web
- Collins Aerospace demonstrates new thermoplastic composites capabilities (CompositesWorld, Sept. 2022)
- Collins puts thermoplastics to good use (Nation Shield, April 2022)
- The future of aerospace is…plastics? (FlightGlobal, February 2022)
- Collins Unveils Advanced Structures, Including Dutch Thermoplastic Unit (Aviation Week, January 2022)
- Collins acquires Dutch Thermoplastic for undisclosed sum (FlightGlobal, November 2021)