News and Updates

  • How NASCAR Teams are Combining Carbon Fiber and 3D Printing

    The use of composites in competitive racing is nothing new. Composites have been part of NASCAR racing for decades. But as time marches on, both composite materials and the ways they are utilized gets better and more interesting. Racing t ...
  • Rock West Composites Expands into Binational Operations, Opening a Production Facility in Tijuana, Mexico

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rock West Composites Expands into Binational Operations, Opening a Production Facility in Tijuana, Mexico Rock West Composites announces the opening this month of a new Tijuana production facility, expanding production capacity for its rapidly growing business. While its US-based locations are growing and adding staff, the business’s new binational operations strategy is ...
  • Carbon Fiber Tubing with Wheels Isn't Necessarily a Good Bike

    There have been quite a few news articles in recent years detailing catastrophic failures of carbon fiber bikes. Such stories seem contrary to what most people know about carbon fiber as a replacement material for aluminum and steel. What ...
  • When Everything Carbon Fiber Turns to Gold

    Many people in our industry are highly attuned to everything Tesla does. It's not that they are necessarily in love with the cars the company builds, but that Tesla continues to push the envelope. And recently it seems like everything t ...
  • Prototyping and Tooling for Small Run Projects

    We frequently communicate with customers looking to price out prototyping and tooling for small run projects. We have discovered that there is a certain amount of misunderstanding about what companies like ours do in this regard. A lot of ...
  • 6 Things That Determine Composite Cost

    Composite materials like carbon fiber and glass fiber are still more expensive than more traditional products like steel, aluminum, and wood. Industry leaders are working hard on ways to bring costs down, knowing that doing so will make u ...
  • Composites Manufacturing: When Scale Goes Up Price Comes Down

    Braiding is one of the processes carbon fiber manufacturers use to create textile-like products that can be used to make everything from carbon fiber tubes to flat panels. Our industry has managed to scale up the braiding process enough t ...
  • SpaceX: The Poster Child for High-Tech Tooling

    If there were a poster child for the challenges of high-tech tooling, Elon Musk's SpaceX would be it. SpaceX was ultimately founded on Musk's desire to eventually colonize Mars. Between now and then though, SpaceX has to make money. S ...
  • Revolutionary New UAV Relies Heavily on Carbon Fiber

    Ancient steel production thousands of years ago produced variations of steel that were used to build weapons, tools, and household implements. The thought of using steel to build skyscrapers and airplanes probably never dawned on the ...
  • Anisotropic vs. Isotropic: Why It Matters in Composites

    On any given day we might sell a load of carbon fiber plates or sheets to a client who knows all about the strength-to-weight advantage composites have over alternative materials like steel and aluminum. That same client's end-using custo ...