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  1. 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 innovations and optimizations outlined on their project design poster. The following video offers a great overview of the project: Carbon fiber played a large roll in the weight reduction for the frame, which was a top priority in the frame design. The team designed a custom carbon fiber frame. Off-the-shelf tubes provided flexibility in the mounting of components and other design considerations. We Read more...

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


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


Customer Highlight: Joshua and his Customized BMW

We love hearing from our customers, especially when they are doing something awesome with our products. So we want to give a shout out to one of our Salt Lake City customers and friend, Joshua Hadlock, on taking home this year's Scrapefest Season Opener "2018 Best Interior." He bought our 1.5mm carbon fiber fabric plate and in his spare time cut and machined it into a dash after he rebuilt his BMW M3. The orange roll cage and accessories really make that bright blue pop, not to mention that amazing light-up heart in the rear window. We'd be afraid to rip the E-break and dump the


Saildrone: Part Drone, Part Boat

Rock West Composites is pleased to be a supplier of carbon composite tubes and materials to Saildrone, an exciting company at the forefront of ocean going autonomous vehicles designed to collect data and research the world’s oceans. “Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar-powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We are busy building the world's largest high-resolution ocean datasets, working with governments and private companies around the globe. We believe that better inputs in planetary


Opening the Door to Creativity

When did you first fall in love with something? When did you know that you’d spend the rest of your life enjoying that “something”? One of our customers fell in love with fishing and from that love emerged an obsession. His love of fishing opened the door to inspiration with carbon fiber.Brian Harris, who is an engineer by day, an inventor by night and a fly fisher/outfitter by weekend has used Rock West Composites' materials to fabricate some of the most beautiful fishing/hunting tools out there, and it all started with his love of fishing. Because fishing is the life source


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