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  1. Beware of the Carbon Fiber Fakes

    Beware of the Carbon Fiber Fakes

    Demand for carbon fiber products continues to grow around the world. Here at Rock West Composites, we are growing as well. We just released a new line of advanced carbon fiber panels for architectural and interior design. At any rate, not all carbon fiber products are what they purport to be. For example, you can purchase a carbon fiber wrap for your car. But a wrap is not the real thing. A car wrap is nothing more than a set of printed vinyl panels that offer the appearance of something other than what your car normally looks like. Texas drivers can enhance their carbon fiber wraps with brand-new license plates printed to look like carbon fiber. Again, we are talking fakes here; the plates are not made of genuine carbon fiber. Instead, they are printed to look like it. The Look Is Very Marketable For the record, we do not object to car wraps and license plates that mimic the look of carbon fiber. We get the fact that the look is very marketable. People see something that appears Read more...

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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2020 NFPA Fluid Powered Vehicle Challenge - And the Winner is...

Rock West Composites is proud to support STEM programs around the country and this student team in particular. A team of senior mechanical engineering students at the Cleveland State University College of Engineering competed in the 2020 NFPA Fluid Power Vehicle Challenge. They won 1st Place Overall Champion in the competition against 14 other universities from across the country! Their design objectives included minimized frame weight, minimized frictional loss in the steering system, charging versatility, operational safety, and intuitive controls. You can read more about the various

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Helping "Help Love Hope" Deliver on Their Mission

We are always excited to hear about what our customers are up to when they deploy our product in some cool and unexpected way. But this is really special, so much so that we’ve donated product to the cause. Wes Price serves as Executive Director of Help Hope Love, which was founded to provide help, to give hope, and to love on people, especially the disabled community. Wes is a C-3/4 quadriplegic that uses a custom mouth stick, a sip-and-puff controlled wheelchair, and voice-controlled devices to perform activities of daily living. He is a certified public accountant and helps run several

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Who Knew We Could Help an Injured Sea Turtle with Carbon Fiber?

We are always excited to hear about our customers' projects, but this one really caught our attention. RWC provided carbon fiber fabric and carbon fiber tape to customers building a prosthetic device for a sea turtle! Allison is that turtle who lost three flippers in an attack by a predator. Thanks to the ingenuity and compassion of an intern, Allison got a prosthetic to help her swim a few years ago. Here's a video clip of how it all came out and it's awesome! We got involved later as the team was making a 5th iteration of the rudder for Allison.  Here are some images of the work

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