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  1. Imagine you are a manufacturer. Choose any product, it doesn't really matter. Imagine your customers wishing you made a carbon fiber model. You don't because you know it would cost too much. Well, we may have a solution for you. That solution is carbon fiber veneers. Rock West Composites specializes in all things carbon fiber. We carry raw materials for DIY and commercial fabrication. We carry finished carbon fiber tubes, prepregs, laminates, and sandwich panels. We even offer prototyping and small-run manufacturing. We say all that to say that veneers are just one small part of the Rock West product family. More About the Veneer A carbon fiber veneer is no different than any other veneer except that it is made with carbon fiber fabric and an epoxy resin. A veneer is essentially a thin sheet that is bonded to another material. Sometimes a veneer is used to improve the aesthetic look of a piece. Other times, veneers are part of a material's structure – like in the case of plywood Read more...

Composites 101: An Introduction to Vacuum Bagging

There are numerous ways to fabricate composite parts utilizing carbon fiber and glass fiber. One method is the manual layup, a method that sometimes relies on vacuum bagging to help the materials consolidate more uniformly. Vacuum bagging is a procedure that is utilized both commercially and by DIY fabricators. We have written this post to introduce our readers to the concept of vacuum bagging, what it does, and how it works. Note that we sell vacuum bagging kits and supplies. In fact, we have everything you need to complete manual layups at home or in your professional shop. The Point of

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How to Safely Cut Carbon Fiber Tubing in Your Shop

We sell carbon fiber tubing to DIY hobbyists and commercial users alike. And while we offer to cut tubes to specific lengths, we get the fact that customers sometimes have to cut tubes themselves. This post is intended to give you a starting point for cutting tubing in your own shop. Please note that machining carbon fiber products does take practice. Whether you are cutting, drilling, sanding, etc. it may take you several attempts to get it right. You might want to practice on scrap pieces before attempting to machine parts that will be used in finished products. Carbon Reinforced Plastic

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Carbon Fiber for Newbies: Before You Make that First Part

Despite carbon fiber being commercially available for decades, we find that there are plenty of opportunities to sell carbon fiber materials to new customers. These are folks who have never used carbon fiber before. They are just getting started as DIY fabricators or commercial operators looking for alternatives to other materials. At any rate, carbon fiber brings a lot to the table. Designed properly, it can be stronger and lighter than aluminum, steel, titanium and even wood. For some applications, there simply is no better composite. Yet choosing to use carbon fiber for the first time

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4 Tips for Working with Carbon Fiber Materials

Carbon fiber is one of the most popular composite materials chosen to replace metals, woods, and weaker plastics. A carbon fiber reinforced polymer offers excellent tensile strength and rigidity at comparably low weight. As with every manufacturing material, there are right and wrong ways to work with carbon fiber. If you are a seasoned fabricator, much of what you read in this post is probably already familiar to you. But if you are new to the carbon fiber game, the four tips listed here are particularly important. Knowing how to work with carbon fiber is as important as designing the parts

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Dutch Company to Test Temporary Composite Bridges

A nation's infrastructure is critical to daily life. When things go wrong with roads, bridges, etc., people's lives are impacted. And as America's annual summer construction season demonstrates, the impacts often go far beyond mere inconvenience. The question is, can we do anything about it? As long as there is infrastructure there will be a need for maintenance and repair. However, there are two things we can do to minimize the impacts. First is developing new means of building infrastructure so that it lasts longer and requires less maintenance. Second is finding ways to complete repair

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