Core Materials – Part 1 – An Introduction to Core Materials

Core Materials – Part 1 – An Introduction to Core Materials

Posted on July 27, 2021

For our next blog post series we’ll be focusing on Core
Materials. To start things off we will take a look at what core materials are,
why and when you may use them and a quick overview of them in general.Core materials are added to composites for several reasons. One of
the main reasons for core material is […]

Different Bagging Films and Their Benefits – Part 4 – Silicone & Reusable Vacuum Bagging Films

Different Bagging Films and Their Benefits – Part 4 – Silicone & Reusable Vacuum Bagging Films

Posted on July 20, 2021

To finish up our series on Bagging Films we’ll hit on
Silicone & Reusable Bagging Films. There’s a lot to cover in this one so
grab a beverage and buckle in.Silicone & Reusable Vacuum
Bagging FilmsMany composite parts are made from the
bagging selection above. However, there is no restriction in using other types
of materials that can be used […]

Different Bagging Films and Their Benefits – Part 3 – Application & Airtech Materials

Different Bagging Films and Their Benefits – Part 3 – Application & Airtech Materials

Posted on July 13, 2021

In Part 3 we begin to look at
application and use, including Surface & Envelope Bagging. We also take a
look at several Airtech Bagging Materials, a giant in the industry when it
comes to bagging material.Application MethodVacuum Bagging Film selection is also
dependent on the application of method onto the tooling surface. The two main
application methods are surface […]

Different Bagging Films and Their Benefits – Part 2 – Bagging Film Charactersitics

Different Bagging Films and Their Benefits – Part 2 – Bagging Film Charactersitics

Posted on July 7, 2021

In the first part of our series on
bagging films we introduced what they are and the various advantages they have
in creating composites. In this next edition we’re going to get into more of
the nitty gritty of bagging films and what to characteristics they have.Flexibility & ElongationElongation, also referred to as
flexibility, elongation at break and tear […]

Different Bagging Films and Their Benefits – Part 1 – An Introduction & Where To Start

Different Bagging Films and Their Benefits – Part 1 – An Introduction & Where To Start

Posted on June 29, 2021

Vacuum bags are one of the most
versatile tools used in the composite industry. For fabrication of complex
shapes and thicker laminates, vacuum bags offer many advantages in composite
processing. When an airtight seal is placed on parts using a vacuum pump or
venturi system, pressure added to the plys by the vacuum bagging film creates
an even and consistent […]

Choosing The Best Flow Line Set-up For Your Vacuum Infusion Project

Choosing The Best Flow Line Set-up For Your Vacuum Infusion Project

Posted on June 23, 2021

When setting up for vacuum infusion, there are a few different
ways you can set up your flow lines. This can depend on the individual project
as well as the size of it. Here we take a look at what is the best course of action
for setting up your flow lines.Lateral feed lines are best used when […]

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 […]

Guest Post: Two Laminate Samples, One “Core” Lesson

Guest Post: Two Laminate Samples, One “Core” Lesson

Posted on June 7, 2021

Our friend Chris Rogers from ExploreComposites.com joins us today with this piece. Make sure to check-out more of Chris’ posts and great information at ExploreComposites.com .
Part of the idea with the Laminate Samples is to show how materials
and processes work – but there’s another part: showing how to mess stuff
up! I have […]

Resin to Fiber Ratio Explained

Posted on June 3, 2021

Customers often ask us how much
resin is needed for a part. Hopefully this guide will help on that topic and
answer some of the questions that may be out there. Warning though, there will
be math!When it comes to figuring out how
much resin is needed for a given project, planning is key. Investigating how
much resin and fabric […]

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

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 […]

Carbon Fiber Properties, Conductivity & More

Posted on May 20, 2021

Carbon fiber, aramids & hybrids are pretty incredible fabrics which can be used in a myriad of ways and applications. […]