Project Announcement: Thermoplastic Forming of Lightweight Vehicle Structures

The U.S. Army is partnering with industry and academia to demonstrate the benefits of forming thick thermoplastic composite vehicle structures using a low-cost manufacturing process. This project will evaluate the benefits that include:

  • Improved cycle times for induction heating process compared to traditional autoclave heating.
  • Reduced capital equipment and tooling costs due to the lower material consolidation pressures.
  • Reduced fuel consumption due to the development of lightweight vehicle structure prototypes.

To learn more about this project contact We encourage the participation of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), including Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs).