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We have temporarily disabled the sale of most prepregs due to global supply chain issues. The anticipated arrival date has been pushed from our vendors to between October 2021 and March 2022. Please check back. We plan to update this category whenever new material arrives.
We have been in a flurry of activity in San Diego as we refit our new headquarters to enhance our business operations, including some exciting expansion.
Knocking Down Walls
Our building didn’t have doors big enough for our manufacturing equipment to come into the building. Nor were they big enough to get out some of the larger hardware we’ve built for our customers. So we had to create some new ones! A 16’ x 16’ opening allowed us to move into the warehouse and will help us get large hardware to our customers. Some new 12’ x 12’ doors compliment building access.
The Big Booths
Our new spray booth encapsulates 20’ x 27’ x 10’, shown below on the left. Directly next to it in the center is our expanded grinding booth at 25’ x 23’ x 10 ft. To the right, some of our team is in the spray booth to give a better idea of scale. All of this means we can work on larger hardware more efficiently.
More Flexible, Robust and Cleaner Operations
All the columns in the warehouse have been outfitted with electrical drops and vacuum lines, enabling rapid shifts in work cells to accommodate changing program requirements. The building also has built in redundancies to protect against power outages and equipment failure.
We not only have more levels of clean room capability to accommodate program requirements in the building, but our concrete floors are polished to help maintain cleanliness throughout the facility. Our machine shop is in a climate-controlled room with wet and dry areas segregated. Our new dust collection system helps reduce contaminants to a minimum. And to keep the noise of all the vacuum and compressions systems quieter for our staff, they are located outside the building in their own housing. We have dedicated people to keeping the shop clean and cleaning stations that comply with our 5S program.
Keeping Our Staff Growing Too
We’ve got a new training room in the works. We know that a trained workforce is critical to our success and having a dedicated space to engage in this activity will help us work towards goals. Our plan to get this room wired for the connectivity we need is in process.
We have built out multiple conference rooms and office areas because we’ve been growing fast over the years and need room for growth. We are excited to see how fast we can grow our business to fill this building to capacity!
We are excited to announce that we have initiated procurement of a 14ft x 6ft diameter autoclave that will be delivered in late August and operational mid-September. Along with the autoclave, we have also ordered a full-size precision flat curing table and supplemental equipment to support its operation.
RWC has historically focused on low-cost curing methods, but this acquisition will position the business to service more high-performance industries. This strategic capability means we can service all of a customer’s composite manufacturing needs, allowing us to pair customers and their hardware with the right composite manufacturing process and equipment for the most cost-effective solution. We also have put the engineering horsepower in place to execute on high-performance programs.
The autoclave will be used to cure composite structures at up to 450°F and 225psi using pressurized nitrogen and integrated vacuum. The autoclave has programmable automated control over pressure, temperature, and vacuum and has a tight thermal gradient to meet aerospace-grade customer specifications. The temperature and pressure range allows for high-performance curing of epoxies, cyanate esters, and bismaleimides (BMIs). Complementing the autoclave is a large cure table at 6ft x 14ft with a 0.015”global flatness and steel cure surface. Download our data sheet.
If you have hardware under development that needs to meet exceptional performance standards, contact us now! email@example.com.
*Photo courtesy of Bondtech
The composites market has been experiencing significant global supply chain issues. Material delays and price increases are creating challenges across our industry. It has impacted our ability to meet our production timelines, and we have actively worked with our customers to adjust as best we can.
The causes are diverse and include the pandemic, inclement weather, shipping delays and high demand. If you want to understand more about the causes of the recent shortages, you can read more in Composites World.
These challenges have also impacted our store, and we have made the difficult decision to raise prices on certain products. Maintaining the quality of our manufactured products is imperative to us, and we continue to offer warehouse pricing. These modest increases will allow us to continue to provide the best products out there.
If you have questions, you can contact our customer service team. Thank you for your business
Rock West Composites supports student teams in universities around the country and around the world. We were happy to provide assistance to the Warwick Moto team from the University of Warwick by helping them with with information on carbon development and assembly for the build of their unique 1.3kg subframe.
Warwick Moto is a student-led university project building a highly innovative electric superbike, ‘Aurora’, a motorcycle designed around a superbike chassis known for its excellent handling. The interdisciplinary team is made up of 25 students and academics, with superbike racer Tom Weeden as their rider; they are innovating some impressive state-of-the-art electrical systems to be integrated within it. For instance, they are using an immersion cooled battery pack and a carbon fiber subframe design supported by Rock West Composites. Although racing is a primary target, the team aims to upskill young engineers and expose them to real world engineering. Warwick Moto does this by providing a platform similar to industrial environments. Working side-by-side with engineering companies like Rock West Composites has opened more opportunities for the next generation of engineers to also equip the applicable skills that come with industrial collaboration.
Despite the global challenge that coronavirus has presented, Rock West Composites delivered specialist knowledge on carbon fiber tubing, bonding requirements, and material capabilities to the Warwick Moto team. This was vital for the development of the bike’s subframe. The subframe is the rear substructure of the motorcycle on which the rider sits and experiences large forces as the rider slams down on the seat during races. A hybrid aluminum node was utilized, assisted by Xometry Europe who provided 5-axis machining capability, and coupled with a carbon fiber tube design. This enabled the team to creatively design a subframe lighter than the original found on the donor bike while also housing the
Certain tubes we carry are always quick to go out the door, but as the seasons change, so do the most popular orders. Here is a rundown of our ten most popular tubes for the past month. They include a variety of sizes, styles, features, and price points. You may find that you need some of these yourself!
Tiny Pultruded Carbon Fiber Tubes
Two of our most popular items are very small pultruded unidirectional carbon fiber tubes. These are great choices for those seeking strength, rigidity and affordability. For 78” tubes with prices starting at either $7 for the smaller ID or less than $15 for the larger, they become more affordable the more you buy. But be aware that they may not be appropriate choices if crush resistance or torque transfer is needed.
0.079 X 0.118 X 78" Pultruded Carbon Fiber Tube: Learn More
0.118 X 0.197 X 78" Pultruded Carbon Fiber Tube: Learn More
Filament Wound Carbon Fiber Tubes
Three more of our most popular carbon fiber tubes are made with the filament winding process. The very long continuous fibers add to strength and stiffness of these tubes, which are excellent for torsion applications. Our customers can get very long tubes with a unique aesthetic; and since you can buy by the foot, you get as much as you need. Of these popular selections, one is unsanded and two are sanded.
0.75 X 1.05 X 12"+ Filament Wound Carbon Fiber Tube Unsanded: Learn More
1.840 X 2.00 X 12"+ Filament Wound Carbon Fiber Tube Sanded: Learn More
1.00 X 1.125 X 12"+ Filament Wound Carbon Fiber Tube Sanded: Learn More
Hexagonal Shaped Tube
Shaped carbon fiber tubing offers a lot of interesting benefits and is easy to machine. Our most popular shaped cross-section or profile right now is hexagonal and offers fabricators and designers alike the ease of affixing motors, accessories and machined features since there is always a flat
Rock West Composites is now offering an extensive collection of PRO-SET epoxies and adhesives, which are a great solution for composite lamination, fabrication, and assembly. These epoxies can withstand the harshest of environments and are optimal for today’s high-performance composites manufacturing. PRO-SET epoxies have a long shelf live and can be stored at room temperature. We offer multiple types of epoxies depending on your application: laminating, infusion, high temperature and adhesives.
The PRO-SET laminating epoxies are designed for laminating reinforcement fabrics, resin infusion processes, and bonding many materials, including metal, core materials, and even wood. They cure at room temperature. You can mix and match resins and hardeners to create your own custom blend of cure times and viscosity. With excellent moisture resistance, they are tough against heat and structural fatigue. We also carry PRO-SET absolute clear laminating epoxies that offer colorless clarity and UV stability in addition to offering excellent sandability.
Our PRO-SET infusion epoxies meet strong structural requirements with a room temperature cure and have superior strength with an elevated temperature cure. These are very low viscosity systems designed to work well with modern infusion processes.
PRO-SET high-temperature epoxies offer excellent thermal stability and work when cosmetics matter. These resins are stable in temperatures up to 300°F (149°C) and are moisture, heat and fatigue resistant.
PRO-SET adhesives are pre-thickened, two-part epoxy adhesives used for secondary bonding of laminated composites as well as steel, aluminum, cast iron, concrete, stone, and most woods. They are great for assemblies, offer a wide variety of options (speed, strength, color), and require no welding, fasteners or rivets.
Designed for the professional but also excellent for the DIYer, this new series we offer can meet your projects most demanding structural needs. Check