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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...

How Aerospace Became the Largest Consumer of Composites

It is well known throughout our industry that Aerospace is the single largest consumer of composite materials. Companies like Boeing and Airbus rely on composites for manufacturing fuselage panels, wings, interior parts, and more. But it wasn't always like that. Before composites, aerospace companies used other materials.   So how did we get here? How did aerospace get from the 'primitive' materials of the Wright brothers to the space-age composites being used today? It's a long story. It is also a story worth telling because it explains why composites are so important to so many

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Carbon Fiber Hits the High-End Lifestyle Market

Much of what we discuss in our monthly blog posts revolves around carbon fiber in the aerospace, marine, and automotive industries. We also talk about carbon fiber sporting goods quite a bit. What would you say if we told you that the same material that makes airplanes stronger and lighter is also now the darling of the high-end lifestyle market? High-end lifestyle products are targeted at a certain demographic for which budgeting is less of an issue. These are people who are willing to spend a bit more on luxury brands and higher quality. They think nothing of spending hundreds of dollars

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From Deep Space to Deep Sea: Carbon Fiber Research Continues

Engineer and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk touted the potential of carbon fiber when he first announced plans to build a spaceship capable of taking humans to Mars. Though Musk and his SpaceX company have since abandoned plans to use carbon fiber, there are others who still believe in its usefulness. NASA is among them. NASA engineers continue to pursue carbon-hulled air and spacecraft for routine use. But now they are taking their expertise to the world's oceans. From deep space to deep sea, carbon fiber is one of the most promising materials NASA has to work with. Researching the

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Composites Make Boeing Cargo Drone Possible

Right now is an exciting time to be involved in the composites industry. Composite materials, like glass and carbon fiber, are truly revolutionizing manufacturing. As such, they are also revolutionizing many areas of daily life. From sporting goods to laptop computers, carbon fiber and other composites are transforming the world. It is with this in mind that we are thrilled to know that Boeing is getting ever closer to full production of its massive cargo drone capable of lifting 500 pounds. This is no hobby project. It is a drone outfitted with 6 dual rotors, 12 propellers, and a set of

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Does Glass or Carbon Fiber Add Value to Your Project?

Designers have to ask themselves a lot of questions when working on a new project. Take car designers, for example. If there's any thought of introducing glass or carbon fiber parts to a new design, a lot of thought has to go into that design before any concrete decisions are made. Assuming you follow our blog because you or your company utilizes composite materials, what considerations go into your design choices? If you are like most of our clients, cost is always a consideration. We get that. Composite materials can be expensive to work with. But perhaps a more important consideration is

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