Composite Sleeving

Posted on May 17, 2022

Composite Sleeving is used worldwide to fabricate products ranging from aerospace grade rocket bodies to the automotive industry in air […]

What is 1k, 3k, 6k, 12k, denier, dtex

Posted on May 11, 2022

Chemistry is a subject on the forefront of composite arts. Chemistry has everything to do with understanding how composite fibers […]

Composite Materials Shelf-Life – Part 2 – Fabrics & Prepregs

Posted on April 13, 2022

In the continuation of this three-part series on shelf-life and best practices for composites material storage we move on to […]

Sizings – Why Do They Matter

Posted on March 15, 2022

Sizings are surface coatings on fibers that hold two major roles in making fibers effective today throughout the composite industry. […]

Prepreg Selection: Double Sided vs Single Sided

Posted on March 1, 2022

Prepreg selection is usually based on characteristics such as service temperature, ultimate strengths in each direction, cured density, or tack. […]

February Fabric of the Month

Posted on February 1, 2022

The Fabric of the Month is back and what better way to begin Valentine’s Day month with one of our […]

How To Keep Weave Straight and Aligned

Posted on January 25, 2022

Keeping a weave straight and aligned is critical in keeping a balanced layup accurate. In carbon parts especially, having an […]

What Does Aerospace Grade Fiber Really Mean, And Do You Need It?

Posted on January 18, 2022

“Aerospace Grade” is commonly referenced in the composite industry as establishing a basis of the highest standard within composite grade […]

Why Many Thin Layers are Better than a Few Thick Layers

Posted on September 21, 2021

When choosing a specific fabric for a given
project, there is more than just the selection of carbon vs fiberglass or Kevlar.
In fact, after the fiber type has been selected, the weave types, twills,
directions may also give anyone, (beginner to expert) a dumbfounded head
scratch. Especially true in carbon fiber selection, the differences in twills,
unis, and woven […]

How to Properly Trim Kevlar Cloth & Parts

Posted on June 15, 2021

Kevlar
(or Aramid) cloth is not easy to cut. Kevlar’s energy absorbent nature only
adds to the headache. However, using the proper tools and process tips, there
are pain free ways of getting fibers cut effectively. Safety
First: Cut resistant gloves are needed when using any cutting blade such a
razor knife. Individual
fiber movement largely contributes to making raw Kevlar […]

Back To Basics – Carbon Fiber Characteristics – Part 2 – Compressive Strength, Toughness & Rigidity / Hardness / Stiffness

Posted on June 1, 2021

In this installment of Back to Basics we continue to look at carbon fiber characteristics. On deck is Compressive Strength, Toughness & Rigidity / Hardness / StiffnessCompressive Strength is a material’s resistance to withstand loading while a force pushes
it together in compression. Ultimate strength is determined by the maximum
loading applied as the fibers break or […]

Back To Basics – Carbon Fiber Characteristics – Part 1 – Tensile Strength & Modulus

Posted on May 24, 2021

There are three main types of fibers used in composites today; Carbon Fibers, Fiberglass, and Kevlar (Aramid). When used in […]