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What's Holding Back Composites in Residential Construction?

The composites industry has proven itself more than capable over the last several decades. Companies like Rock West Composites have demonstrated the viability of composites as replacements for more traditional materials like wood, steel, and aluminum. Our big task now is convincing other industries to embrace more composites. One industry that comes to mind is construction. In particular, residential construction offers a lot of room for composite materials. For example, consider the foundation. A home with a typical basement starts with foundation walls constructed with either poured

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Kit Plane Developers Look to Composites for New Models

Regular readers of our blog are familiar with the fact that the aerospace industry is one of the leading users of composite materials. Companies like Boeing and Airbus rely on ever-larger volumes of carbon fiber to make planes lighter, stronger, and with higher capacity. But they aren't the only ones. Kit plane developers are embracing composites – specifically carbon fiber – more often now as well. Carbon fiber is an excellent material for aerospace development because of its strength-to-weight ratio. Just like Boeing can reduce the overall weight of the 787 jetliner and thus increase

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Composites Are Ideal for High-Speed Automation Equipment

If your company is involved in the design and manufacturing of any kind of high-speed automation equipment, you have come to the right place for manufacturing materials. Composites are ideal for what you do. Carbon fiber is especially attractive because it is lightweight, strong, and fairly easy to work with. We carry just about everything you will need to fabricate parts for your automation equipment. You'll find our inventory includes fabrics, prepregs, carbon fiber sheets, tubes, and so forth. We also have a complete line of epoxies and resins. If you need something other than carbon

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5 Reasons Your Company Should Think Composites

It is fairly common for potential customers to contact us in hopes of learning more about composite materials. Often times they want to know why they should choose carbon or glass fiber over aluminum, steel, and wood. Needless to say, we are more than happy to answer those questions.

Composite materials have actually been around for decades. They are an appropriate alternative for a lot of different applications. That said, there are plenty of applications for which aluminum, steel, and wood still make better choices. Each project has to be evaluated on its own merits to determine what materials are best.

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Anisotropic VS. Isotropic: Why it Matters in Composites

On any given day we might sell a load of carbon fiber plates or sheets to a client who knows all about the strength-to-weight advantage composites have over alternative materials like steel and aluminum. That same client's end-using customers may not have any idea that carbon fiber is anisotropic where steel and aluminum are isotropic. Furthermore, they probably don't know why it matters. If you want to understand all the benefits of using composites over more traditional materials, the starting point is understanding that carbon fiber parts are often stronger, but perhaps more

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