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  • How Prototyping Fosters Collaboration

    There is a buzzword in modern business we would bet just about everyone involved in composites hears frequently. That word is 'collaboration'. Consultants are constantly telling us how important collaboration is. We hear about it from sen ...
  • With the Olympics Over It is Back to the Composites Drawing Board

    Those of us in the composites industry enjoyed the Winter Olympic Games as much for the equipment the athletes were using as the performances they turned in. Composites were on full display in everything from skis to snowboards and bobsle ...
  • The Future of Composites: Breaking Down the Barrier to Entry

    Rock West Composites will be the first to admit that the best way to promote composite products like carbon fiber is to talk about their high strength, stiffness and ultra-lightweight properties. Just about everyone in manufacturing kno ...
  • Recycling Carbon Fiber Starting to Pay Off

    We work with clients in a variety of industries ranging from sporting goods to aerospace. So when we sell a carbon fiber block or tube, we don't necessarily know what that material will ultimately be used for. What we do know is that so ...
  • The Big, Microscopic Difference Carbon Nanotubes Make

    Carbon nanotubes have been getting a lot of attention in composite industry news lately. Despite having been around since the early 1990s, these tiny carbon structures haven't had much play until recently. Now that everybody's talking abo ...
  • 4 Methods for Producing Composite Tubing

    If you understand how carbon fiber tow and fabric are manufactured, you know that it is a complex and energy-intensive process that requires aligning carbon atoms, subjecting them to high heat, and then coating them with a chemical to hel ...
  • 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 ...