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  1. Beware of the Carbon Fiber Fakes

    Beware of the Carbon Fiber Fakes

    Demand for carbon fiber products continues to grow around the world. Here at Rock West Composites, we are growing as well. We just released a new line of advanced carbon fiber panels for architectural and interior design. At any rate, not all carbon fiber products are what they purport to be. For example, you can purchase a carbon fiber wrap for your car. But a wrap is not the real thing. A car wrap is nothing more than a set of printed vinyl panels that offer the appearance of something other than what your car normally looks like. Texas drivers can enhance their carbon fiber wraps with brand-new license plates printed to look like carbon fiber. Again, we are talking fakes here; the plates are not made of genuine carbon fiber. Instead, they are printed to look like it. The Look Is Very Marketable For the record, we do not object to car wraps and license plates that mimic the look of carbon fiber. We get the fact that the look is very marketable. People see something that appears Read more...

Highlighting Entries from our Quaranvent Design Competition #1

We are highlighting several entries from our recent Quaranvent Design Competition. We had a lot of fun reviewing people's submissions and wanted to share their ideas with all of you. We'll start with a few and share more later. Chris Starnes made a bunk bed for his dogs! He used carbon fiber tubing to help construct this space-saving solution. He did not have enough room in the back of his truck for all of his dogs, and he needed something strong enough to hold their weight without collapsing. This bunk bed will fit any crew cab ford. With a lot of dog lovers and owners on our team, this was


Mission Impossible: Strawberry Picking

Sometimes it's not just our customers who get creative with our products. Our team members like to get in on the action also. One of our engineers, Brian, was spending hours weeding and picking his strawberry patch. As agricultural labor will tend to do, the gardening was hurting his back and knees​. So he decided to make like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible and dangle over the problematic berry patch! The Problematic Strawberry Patch Using a set of carbon fiber tubes and other hardware, he created a lightweight overhead gantry system to suspend himself over the patch. It worked


How Manufacturers Are Making Composite Luggage Cheaper

Regular readers of our blog know that cost is a prohibitive factor for many companies that would like to transition to composite materials. If they cannot justify a higher price point, they cannot justify the cost of manufacturing with composites. Luggage manufacturing is a great example. But now, manufacturers are making composite luggage cheaper. Luggage seems like a perfect venue for composites such as glass and carbon fiber. Luggage has to be tough enough to withstand the rigors of travel but light enough to handle with little or moderate effort. Carbon fiber is tough, resilient, and


Korean Researchers Develop Safer, More Recyclable CFRP

Among the hottest topics in the composites industry right now are material safety and recycling potential. As such, we are happy to learn that researchers in Korea have developed a safer carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) that is also more easily recycled. Their research will undoubtedly influence carbon fiber product development in the years to come. Researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) began their work with the premise that CFRPs need to be more flame retardant even in the absence of halogen. Until a few years ago, halogen was the go-to material for making


Scientists Playing with Carbon Fiber Get Interesting Results

The world would probably be surprised to learn how many scientific discoveries are the result of scientists 'playing with their toys'. For example, what we now know as radioactivity was discovered by accident.   It occurred in the late 1800s when a scientist by the name of Henri Becquerel packed up his primitive imaging equipment on a cloudy day. Several days later, he retrieved a crystal he had been using in his earlier experiments and noticed that the image burned onto it had changed. He figured out that the fogged image he was seeing was the result of radioactivity.   What


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