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New Oldcastle Cable Trench Overcomes Challenges of Steel Reinforcement, Thanks to WEAV3D Composites

Cable trenches play an important role in managing and distributing cables and wires in utility, rail and power applications. Oldcastle, a leading provider of building materials, supplies these durable components in the form of its polymer-based concrete trench systems, which use a steel wire cage to reinforce the material. While they have their advantages, polymer concrete systems don’t adhesively bond to the steel—instead relying purely on the mechanical interface between the materials.

Our composite lattice has allowed Oldcastle to produce an economical, yet high-quality cable trench without the failure modes of polymer concrete systems. The result of our collaboration is a completely non-metallic cable trench system that offers many advantages. Read our recent application note to learn more.

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Venture Atlanta Selects WEAV3D as Showcase Company at 2020 Conference

We’re excited to announce WEAV3D has been chosen to showcase at this year’s Venture Atlanta Online conference as one of the Southeast’s most promising technology companies. The event will bring together over 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors and leaders for the largest venture capital conference in the region.

As a showcase company, we’ve been highlighted as a company to watch. VA Online gives investors a great opportunity to learn more about how we’re addressing a historically underserved need for cost-effective, high-volume production of composite materials in the automotive and construction markets through our patent-pending advanced manufacturing technology.

About VA Live Online

Venture Atlanta’s mission is to connect companies to capital, resources and talent, enabling attendees to interact with others, watch pitches in real time, stroll the virtual show floor—and more.

During this exciting, two-day event, interested investors can view our virtual booth and request one-on-one meetings with our team. Our virtual booth will remain live for one year after the event, and we will continue to make updates to the page if you’re interested in following our progress.

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VA Live Online will take place October 21 to 22. To learn more about the event, register or visit our virtual booth, please visit the conference website.


WEAV3D Chosen as a Finalist for JEC Startup Booster at JEC World 2020

The JEC Group, one of the leading companies dedicated to the growth of the composite industry, has chosen WEAV3D as a finalists for JEC Startup Booster, to take place at JEC World 2020. This competition recognizes the most promising startups in the field of composites from around the world and gives them the opportunity to interact with academics, key-decision makers, media outlets and commercial partners.

WEAV3D, with its patent-pending process of creating next-generation composite lattice structures from fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes, is one of 20 finalists that will pitch its project in front of a panel of industry judges. Since 2015, WEAV3D has won seven awards and over $600,000 from external funding sources. With its incredible technology, WEAV3D is able to create high volume composites at a cost reduction of up to 75%, compared to traditional production solutions.

Launched in 2017, JEC Startup Booster has encouraged the emergence of 300+ innovative projects from over 30 countries, with 40 finalists and 13 winners to date. This year’s competition will begin on March 3, 2020 at JEC World 2020 in Paris, France. The award ceremony will take place the following day.


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Video: Automotive Composite Opportunities

WEAV3D composites deliver superior strength-to-weight ratios, making the technology a great fit for a variety automotive applications. You can see the most promising applications in in our latest video.


Plug and Play

WEAV3D Brings Its Composite Production Technology to Upcoming Plug and Play Program

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Norcross, GA, October 02, 2019 — WEAV3D, an innovator in composite materials, manufacturing processes and processing equipment, was recently selected by Plug and Play to participate in its Winter 2019 Mobility accelerator program, which focuses on emerging automotive technologies. WEAV3D returns to Plug and Play after graduating from its Spring 2019 Materials and Packaging program.

Designed for high volume production, WEAV3D’s composite forming machine processes continuous, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes, allowing users to vary weave pattern, lattice density and tape-type and enabling complete control over part cost, strength, and stiffness. Lattice structures are combined with injection molding or thermoforming processes—creating lightweight structural composites that cost up to 50 percent less than composites formed using traditional methods.

WEAV3D’s structural composite technology is an excellent fit for the automotive industry, as it reduces weight while maintaining high-strength components in vehicles. While this area has been the company’s initial focus, the technology applies more broadly to other structural composites applications as well.

Plug and Play’s three-month business development programs—which also include Materials and Packaging, Energy, Sustainability, Construction and more—consist of various workshops, mentor meetings and networking events. As part of the Winter 2019 batch, WEAV3D will graduate this December at the Winter Summit, where all 130 startups will make onstage pitches in front of over 500 investors and other industry leaders.

To learn more about WEAV3D, visit www.weav3d.com.

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About WEAV3D Inc.
WEAV3D Inc. is an innovator in composite materials, manufacturing processes and processing equipment. Headquartered in Norcross, GA, they originated as a technology startup within the Materials Science and Engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The patent-pending WEAV3D composite forming process enables the production of optimized lattice structures that can be combined with injection molding or thermoforming processes to create lightweight structural composite parts at a fraction of the cost and cycle time associated with traditional composite manufacturing. These innovations enable companies in industries such as automotive, aircraft, wind turbines and cargo transportation to produce parts that are lighter, stronger and less expensive.


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WEAV3D to Participate in Upcoming Plug and Play Mobility Program

We’re excited to announce Plug and Play recently selected us to participate in its Mobility accelerator program, which focuses on emerging automotive technologies. The program recognizes the promise of our composite forming technology.

Lightweight, Cost-Effective Composites

Designed for high volume production, our composite forming machine processes continuous, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes—allowing you to vary weave pattern, lattice density and tape-type and enabling complete control over part strength and stiffness.

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We combine these lattice structures with injection molding or thermoforming processes—creating lightweight, stiff structural composites that cost as much as 50 percent less than carbon fiber composites formed using traditional methods.

Our structural composite technology is a good fit for the automotive industry, as it reduces weight while maintaining high-strength and -stiffness properties required by vehicle components. While automotive applications have been our initial focus, our technology applies more broadly to other structural composites applications as well.

About the Plug and Play Program

Plug and Play’s three-month business development programs—which also include Materials and Packaging, Energy, Sustainability, Construction and more—consist of various workshops, mentor meetings and networking events.

Plug and Play

As part of the Winter 2019 program, we will graduate this December at the Plug and Play Winter Summit, where we’ll make an onstage pitch in front of over 500 investors and other industry leaders.


NSF

Small Business Innovation Research Program Provides Seed Funding for R&D

WEAV3D Inc. Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

Norcross, GA, March 7, 2019—WEAV3D Inc. has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $224,718 to conduct research and development (R&D) work to address the historic challenges associated with composite manufacturing, including long cycle times, poor recyclability, labor-intensive manufacturing, and energy-intensive curing processes.

WEAV3D Inc. will evaluate alternative heating technologies, such as induction and ultrasonic heating, that can be integrated into the WEAV3D continuous composite manufacturing process to improve production speed and reduce operating costs, enabling increased usage of composite materials in weight sensitive industries that require high-volume, low-cost structural components, including automotive, unmanned aircraft, wind turbines, and cargo transportation. The objective of this work is to identify a heating method that can reduce embodied energy by at least 40%, relative to the state-of-the-art infrared heating system.

“The National Science Foundation supports small businesses with the most innovative, cutting-edge ideas that have the potential to become great commercial successes and make huge societal impacts,” said Barry Johnson, Director of the NSF’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships. “We hope that this seed funding will spark solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time across all areas of science and technology.”

“WEAV3D Inc. is honored to be award this NSF grant to advance our patent-pending continuous composite forming process, and make high-volume composite part production a reality. The automotive industry has struggled to adapt “aerospace-grade” composite forming technologies such as hand-layup, automated fiber placement, and resin transfer molding, leaving the industry unable to meet cost targets and production volumes. Chris Oberste, CEO of WEAV3D Inc., goes on to say “Our composite forming process has the potential to achieve a 10x reduction in composite forming cycle time and reduce composite part cost by up to 75% when compared to parts formed using traditional composite manufacturing processes.”

Once a small business is awarded a Phase I SBIR/STTR grant (up to $225,000), it becomes eligible to apply for a Phase II grant (up to $750,000). Small businesses with Phase II grants are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment or sales.

NSF accepts Phase I proposals from small businesses twice annually in June and December. Small businesses with innovative science and technology solutions, and commercial potential are encouraged to apply. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program undergo a rigorous merit-based review process.

To learn more about America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF, visit: https://seedfund.nsf.gov/


About the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Programs:
America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $7.8 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

About WEAV3D Inc.
WEAV3D Inc. is an innovator in composite materials, manufacturing processes, and processing equipment. Headquartered in Norcross, GA, they originated as a technology startup within the Materials Science and Engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The patent-pending WEAV3D composite forming process enables the production of optimized lattice structures that can be combined with injection molding or thermoforming processes to create lightweight structural composite parts at a fraction of the cost and cycle time associate with traditional composite manufacturing. These innovations enable companies in industries such as automotive, aircraft, wind turbines, and cargo transportation to produce parts that are lighter, stronger, and less expensive.
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Contact Us:
Christopher Oberste
[email protected]