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Composites Classroom

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • How Carbon Fiber Helps the Ski Industry

    Every year, the onset of autumn has skiers thinking about pulling out their equipment and getting ready for the first snow of the season. Ski manufacturers already ramped up production a few months back, and they are getting ready for the ...
  • Cardboard, Fiberglass Tube, and Fireworks

    It is hard for us to not come to work excited knowing all the different ways the materials we produce are being used to make life better. From aerospace to automotive to competitive sports, our materials have a seemingly limitless range o ...
  • Composites Bonding Tips and Instructions

    Probably the most important thing in bonding composites is being prepared. There are several steps that must be completed sequentially and a few supplies you must have. And you don't want to mess up perfectly good tubes because, after ...
  • 4 Major Benefits of Filament Winding

    There are many processes that can be utilized to manufacture carbon fiber composite hardware, particularly CF tubing, tanks, and pressure vessels.  Filament winding is a manufacturing process mostly suited to large volume jobs, and when ...
  • Top 10 Things to Consider When Buying a Radome

    If you need a radome for an aviation-, maritime- or ground-based application, we can help.  But there are some things you should be thinking about when you call.  In order to get the right product designed for your application to meet ...