We do not have a physical catalog as our complete inventory is listed on our website. If there is a specialty item or you need something you do not see on our website, please contact us.
We do offer a 10% discount to educational institutions. For information on this program, please click here to download the Educational Sponsorship Application or contact us.
Our lead time varies depending on the number of orders in our system, but we generally have a 2 – 3 business day lead time if you choose USPS or FedEx/UPS Ground shipping. If you choose expedited shipping (2nd day or next day shipping), we will either get your order out the same day you place the order or the next day. If you do choose expedited shipping, please email us your order number so we can make sure that it gets out as expected.
Yes, we are always ready to assist our customers when it comes to completing their projects. You can either call 715-842-0101 or contact us with your questions. Please note, while we are happy to provide this service, depending on our business volume, we may be unable to assist you right away with your questions; however, we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We do offer terms for businesses; however, we require any business requesting terms to complete a credit application. If you are interested in this, please contact us before placing your order so we can gather the appropriate information from you.
Epoxy, resins & hardeners can only be shipped via Ground regardless of the shipper due to the nature of the product.
We ship via UPS and FedEx with various delivery options ranging from Next Day Air to Ground shipping as well as International options. The nature of the products in an order determines the availability of any particular shipping method.
If you are tax-exempt and would like to place an order online, create your online account BEFORE placing the order and then email a copy of your tax-exempt form to email@example.com. Once we have your tax-exempt form, your online account will be updated in our system with the tax exemption.
Please do this BEFORE order payment, as taxes cannot be refunded to an order after being placed. Once your account has been updated as tax-exempt, you will be notified of the change, and your order can be placed.
Plain weave is a pattern that is most commonly used in OEM applications. The plain weave pattern is where the horizontal (weft) yarns alternately pass over and under the vertical (warp) yarns, which resembles a checkerboard pattern. The 2×2 twill style is the pattern used in most aftermarket applications, such as hoods and wings. The 2×2 twill weave is braided over-over-under-under, which resembles a zig-zag pattern.
For more on fabric weave styles, visit this Knowledge Hub entry: Fabric Weave Styles.
The best way for us to determine which carbon fiber fabric you are using is to measure the number of strands of carbon fiber per inch on both the left to right and top to bottom directions.
Below is a picture which illustrates how best to measure your carbon fiber fabric so that we can get the closest match possible.
Place a ruler/tape measure across the fabric in the same direction as the fiber. Then measure across 1″ and count the number of carbon fiber strands within this 1″ section.
This picture in that 1” section shows that this fabric has 13 strands of 3K carbon fiber, so this fabric is 13 x 13 construction.
The flexibility of our panels varies depending on the thickness and size of the panel. We will use a 12″x24″ panel size as an example. Our .015″ panel is our thinnest and most flexible panel. This panel will bend easily around an object like a pipe; however, it will have a more challenging time with a curve that bends two ways; one example would be trying to cover a basketball.
.015″/.4mm sheet is very flexible and will bend around something as tight as a 2″ diameter pipe.
.030″/.8mm sheet will remain flexible and will bend around a 6″ diameter pipe
.055″/1.4mm plate increases in rigidity and will bend around a 12″ diameter pipe
.090″/2.3mm plate is where our panels become rigid. These panels remain stiff; however, they will flex slightly.
.165″/4.2mm plate will hardly flex at all
These thicknesses are to give an approximation to someone who has never worked with our materials before. There are many other thicknesses that we offer.
The thinner composite plates/sheets are covered with a protective layer, then rolled and shipped in a large box. The thicker composite plates/sheets are covered with a protective layer and shipped flat.
We offer standard sheets up to 4ft x 8ft and specialty sheets up to 141 inches long and up to 81 inches wide (fabric dependent).
Our best prices are for composite plates/sheets measuring by the foot mark: for example, 2ft by 3ft panel or 1ft by 4ft. If there is a size you need that is not listed online, please contact us.
There are three main types of fibers used in composites today; Carbon Fibers, Fiberglass, and Kevlar (Aramid). Often, composite structures utilize more than one of these fibers to achieve needed design specifications for final use. Although there are endless fiber properties that can further define a components final use, the following high-level characteristics provide a high level for defining purposes for design: Modulus, Tensile Strength, Compressive Strength, Toughness and Rigidity / Hardness / Stiffness.
Click here to read our full Knowledge Hub post on Composite Fiber Characteristics.
There are a few different techniques to remove bubbles from resin. Removing bubbles ensures optimal adhesive performance by providing a good continuous bond and improves the appearance of the finished part.
Click here to visit our Knowledge Hub post on Remove Bubbles in Resin.
Carbon fiber is not the strongest composite material. That prize would actually go to Kevlar. To find out more about the properties of Carbon fiber, Kevlar & Fiber glass visit the Knowledge Hub piece Composite Reinforcements: Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass and Kevlar.