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Rock West Composites Adds Aluminum Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels to Its Lineup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rock West Composites Adds Aluminum Honeycomb Core Sandwich Panels to Its Lineup Rock West Composites is adding aluminum honeycomb core sandwich panel products to its lineup, including panels with carbon fiber and aluminum skins, in response to an increase in customer requests for very strong, but lightweight, panel configurations. The sandwich panels with carbon fiber composite skins offer lighter weight with high performance, while the panels with aluminum skins provide a very affordable alternative. Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) July 15, 2020 – This month Rock West

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Why Autoclaves May Eventually Become a Thing of the Past

It is entirely possible to create carbon fiber parts at home without applying high heat and pressure to your layup. But in a commercial setting in which quality is uncompromising and tolerances are slim, parts are cured in an autoclave under high heat and pressure. The question is this: will the autoclave ever become a thing of the past? It is possible, according to a research team at MIT. The team has developed a way to mimic what an autoclave does using carbon nanotubes and electricity. If they can manage to scale it up enough to make it commercially viable, they may bring about the end

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Here's Why Lamborghini is Sending Carbon Fiber to Space

If you follow high-performance car manufacturing, you are probably aware that Lamborghini is a pioneer in developing composite materials. They have been at the cutting edge of carbon fiber fabricating for years. It turns out that some of their carbon fiber is on its way to space for a six-month study on the International Space Station (ISS). You might think Lamborghini is sending their materials to space in order to build better cars. They may indeed design new cars with test results in mind, but that is not the primary motivation this time. Rather, the Italian company is partnering with

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Can You Make Carbon Fiber from Coal?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'coal'? Maybe you remember when your grandparents used to burn coal in the furnace. This time of year, perhaps you think of Santa Claus leaving a black lumpy mess in your stocking. What would you say about the prospect of making carbon fiber from coal? Is it even possible? Absolutely. Coal is a sedimentary rock composed mainly of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Get rid of the hydrogen and oxygen and you can use the remaining carbon to produce the precursor chemicals necessary to create carbon fibers. The trick is doing it

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3 Reasons We Love Repurposed Carbon Fiber

The concepts of recycling and repurposing have been around for decades. Until just a few years ago however, there wasn't much of a market for repurposed carbon fiber waste. Moreover, there was no effective way to reclaim and reuse such waste. Things have changed, and we couldn't be happier about it. Today we have a number of different ways to reclaim carbon fiber waste. That is good because most estimates conclude that our industry produces about 30% waste. That means 30% of all virgin carbon fiber goes to the waste pile as a result of normal fabrication. One method for repurposing

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