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  1. Should you decide to use our new website's 'shop by application' tool, you will notice we have a page dedicated to sports and recreation. This category is actually a Rock West Composites staple. It is also one of the hottest categories in our industry as a whole. That is not without reason.   The sports and recreation category is awash with consumer products designed to enhance performance. Let's say you are a golfer. If you are in the market for a new set of clubs, we would be willing to bet that you want a set that makes you a better player. You want clubs that enhance your performance, not detract from it.   Such is the point in applying composite materials to sporting goods. Much of what we carry in the sports and recreation category has to do with composite tubing. However, there are certainly more ways to utilize composite materials to build better sporting goods.   Performance and Weight   One of the ways to increase athletic performance is to deal Read more...

The Composite Espresso Machine Worth $11,000

We like to stay abreast of how manufacturers are using composites in new and unique ways. The more unique, the better. So imagine our delight when we learned of a new espresso machine made by a South African company and sold at a price of $11,000. If you can afford it, this is one espresso machine like no other.   What makes it so expensive? Believe it or not, it's not the materials alone. While composites do add to the price, you are also paying for the design itself. One look at the pictures and you will understand what we're talking about. This is no ordinary countertop espresso

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Roll Wrapping for Your Custom Tube Needs

Composite materials can be fabricated using a variety of processes. One of the processes we rely on for stock (off the shelf) and custom tubing is roll wrapping. Indeed, we can manufacture vast quantities of tubing using this method.   With roll wrapping, we can customize:   Material – We can roll wrap carbon fiber, fiberglass, Kevlar, natural flax fibers, and hybrid combinations. This gives you the greatest flexibility in terms of your preferred material.   Size – Roll wrapping allows us to customize size by designing mandrels for each job. We can create tubing

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Our Website – Redesigned Just for You!

We have enjoyed great relationships with our customers over the years. If we have learned anything from them, it is the fact that we need to keep up with the latest innovations in composites to best meet their needs. Keeping up involves everything we do, including the website that acts as our online calling card.   You may have noticed that the Rock West Composites website looks a little bit different these days. Actually, it's a lot different. We just launched the latest edition of our site on May 8, 2020 with you in mind. You could say that our website has been redesigned just for you

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There is More to Architectural Carbon Fiber Than Weight

Legendary architect and designer Buckminster Fuller spent years working on designs intended to increase size while decreasing weight. When he introduced the world to his Dymaxion House in 1930, he did so by asking the now famous question, "how much does your house weigh?" Little did Fuller know that his Dymaxion designs would influence the composites of the 21st century.   These days, lightweight construction relies a lot on materials like carbon fiber and fiberglass. Fuller's largely aluminum Dymaxion House weighed about 1.5 tons – a remarkable feat for the day. A typical house at

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5 Important Things to Know About Prepregs

Rock West Composites deals in a variety of composite materials, including prepregs. When we first started selling prepregs, we discovered that many of our customers didn't know a lot about them. We set out to educate by explaining everything they needed to know to use prepregs effectively.   It has been a while since we visited this topic. As such, the point of this post is to explain some of the basics of prepregs. If you have never used a prepreg product before, you should know that is quite a bit different compared to dry composite fabrics. Below are five important things you need to

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