News and Updates

  • Materials Used to Manufacture Composite Tubing

    Tubing is one of the most popular items on the Rock West Composites product list. We sell tubing to airplane manufacturers, industrial operations, garage tinkerers and everyone in between. What you may not know is that we offer an exten ...
  • How Fiber Direction Influences Tube and Plate Properties

    Take a close look at a section of carbon fiber or fiber glass tubing or plate and you will see that the fibers go in different, specific directions. Comparing different styles of tubing you might notice that fiber direction, also known as ...
  • Carbon Fiber Grades: It's All About Tensile Modulus

    A bicycle maker purchasing carbon fiber tubing for the first time from Rock West Composites will likely inquire about the grade of the carbon fiber in our products. That’s because we offer four different grades: standard, intermediate, ...
  • Composites Market: Where We've Been, Where We're Going

    Composite materials are nothing new to industry and manufacturing. But in recent years, a combination of science and technology has seen composite materials thrust into the limelight as a replacement for more traditional materials like stee ...
  • Composites Changing the Way Athletes Train

    Regular readers of our blog are familiar with the fact that composite materials are widely embraced by manufacturers of sporting goods. Modern bike frames are made of composite tubes while everything from water skis to downhill ski poles ...
  • Why You Should Be Using Sandwich Panels

    Have you ever wondered how aircraft interiors and Formula 1 cars are so stiff and light? The secret is sandwich panels. Sandwich panels are used whenever lightness and stiffness are required for a flat or irregular shape. The main theory be ...
  • CAFE Standards, Cars, and the Composites Industry

    The Obama administration's implementation of new CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards in 2012 would have required car manufacturers to reach a minimum fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Some saw the standards as ...
  • Carbon Fiber Suppliers Will be Winners in the Truck Race

    Tesla introduced its much-anticipated all-electric semi truck in late November to quite a bit of fanfare. Meanwhile, a long list of competitors including Daimler, Volkswagen, BYD, Kenworth, and Nikola Motor are working on their own vehi ...
  • Carbon Fiber vs. Fiberglass Tubing: Which Is Better?

    Customers routinely call Rock West to inquire about tubing materials. We tell them that we carry both carbon fiber and fiberglass tubing, then ask which material they prefer. Most already know what they want when they call, but how about ...
  • Why Bike Tubing Matters to the Commuter

    The eco-conscious era in which we live is seeing more and more people take to their bicycles for the daily commute. Rather than being stuck in traffic first thing in the morning and at the end of the work day, people are relying on their bi ...