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  1. 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 projects while minimizing the impact on daily life. To that end, a Dutch company is on the verge of testing a revolutionary concept that involves installing temporary composite bridges that keep traffic flowing while existing bridges are being repaired or replaced. They have proven their system in concept. Now they are looking for five bridge projects they can use to test in the real world. A Read more...

We Now Support the Bike Industry with More Carbon Fiber Tubes

Carbon fiber tubing has been a mainstay of our business since Rock West Composites was first established. Likewise, many of our biggest customers in the tubing department are custom bicycle makers. It is with that in mind that we recently expanded our inventory of carbon fiber tubes and bicycle frame elements in support of building better bikes for consumers. In recent weeks we have tripled our inventory of bicycle frame products, including: head and seat tubes steerer tubes and seat posts top and down tubes chain and seat stays bottom bracket shells. Our goal is to be the one-stop

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Highlighting Entries from our Quaranvent Design Competition #3

Here are just a few more highlights from our Quaranvent Design Competition. Venturing out during quarantine can be risky so limiting contamination is key. Our own Pedro Lara created a way to stay safe at home with a foot activated door opener and sanitation station to keep things separated from other parts of the house when you enter. Samuel Douglas created an extremely tough face mask, a project driven by his own experience riding motorcycles and getting hit in the face with a pebble at high speed. He built this project to use as PPE (with a proper carrier) and to protect the

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Highlighting Entries from our Quaranvent Design Competition #2

Welcome to our second post highlighting entries from our recent Quaranvent Design Competition. From fitness solutions to artful decor, you'll find creativity in these innovative submissions. Kyle Hawkins, a recent graduate, entered his Hollow Beam Longboard. His goal was to make a skateboard that would "actually put up with carrying around with you after arriving at your destination area (town/city riding) as well as take to your favorite high speed hill without a second thought." Check out this great video on his project.     Perry Benson submitted a design for a

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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

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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

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