TeXtreme® 5020 – IM Intermediate Modulus UNI Spread Tow Carbon Fiber Tape 18k 1.97″/50mm 2.24oz/76gsm 100M Roll

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    Please Note: Due to the nature of composite materials, coloration of fabric may change or darken when resin is introduced to your part/fabric.



    This very high performance tape consists of carbon fiber yarn that has been carefully spread out into an ultra-light, ultra-strong tape. These tapes are the same material used in our TeXtreme Spread Tow fabrics. These tapes use narrow 18k carbon yarn which is spread out into widths that can range from 20mm up to 50mm. This tape is used in the same fashion as a typical uni carbon tape, however most uni tapes are 300gsm or more. These ultra-light tapes let you apply just the amount of reinforcement needed so you can achieve the best performing and lightest part possible. TeXtreme fabrics come in three different strengths. HS for High Strength, IM for intermediate modulus and HM for high modulus.

    This material has been lightly coated on one side with a formulated epoxy binder to hold the material together for handling and cutting. This material will not fray apart when cut and has similar working properties to a prepreg. The weight of the fabric does not include the weight of the binder, however the weight of the binder can be included in the amount of epoxy needed for the laminate. For the best cosmetics, the side without the binder should be placed onto the mold surface. The fabric is shipped with a plastic liner on one side to prevent the binder from sticking to the layer beneath it. The binder will start to soften at 65° F for improved processing at room temp.

    Key Benefits to TeXtreme:

    • Reduced weight by 20% or more.
    • Able to achieve lighter and more cost effective material than any 1k carbon fabric
    • Smoother and less porous surface finish than traditional woven fabrics
    • Unique, distinct and highly desirable appearance
    • Increased marketing benefit for using materials that are currently in use in F-1 and NASCAR racing
    • Less Epoxy needed which lowers Epoxy Costs

    Where is TeXtreme Used? TeXtreme is often used in only the highest quality parts you see around. It has become a standard material in Formula One Racing. This material also has been used in nearly every NASCAR Sprint Cup car you see on the track. Take a look inside Kurt Busch’s dash cam next time you watch a race. You can easily see the distinguished TeXtreme material used inside the vehicle. This material also helped TEAM ORACLE USA to victory in the Americas Cup. As you can see these are the best of the best and TeXtreme gives each team the advantage in these sports to deliver the most performance possible. As for commercial goods. Bauer hockey sticks and a few golf shaft manufacturers have developed class leading products with the use of TeXtreme materials. If you want the best of the best, TeXtreme is it.

    If you do not see what you like here contact us for more TeXtreme Spread Tow reinforcement options, consisting of either UD tapes or fabrics. We have capabilities to provide the fabrics with different weight tape in the warp and the weft. We can do an 80gsm tape in the warp and a 40gsm tape in the weft which would be useful for making surfboards or other applications where you need more strength in the one direction vs the other. We also are able to arrange a weave in various degrees so you can choose a fabric that has the fiber oriented in the perfect angle for your product to achieve the absolute best performance possible. We also have capabilities to provide other material types such as aramid, zylon, Innegra. The fibers can be woven together, side by side or spread evenly through the same tape.

    To harden the raw fabric into a usable form, you will need the appropriate resin or epoxy for your project.

    We take care in shipping our items and we will never fold the fabric. Our fabric is always rolled to prevent distortion of the weave. This fabric has a plastic liner in between the layers of fabric to add even more protection and to prevent the epoxy binder from adhering to the layer below.

    This item is sold by the 100M roll.

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    How We Sell - Fabrics

    Our fabrics are sold by the linear yard, with the exception of our samples which are a single 4"x4" (or 5"x7") piece. The unit price displayed is for 1 linear yard; all volume discounts will be automatically applied when selecting larger quantities of fabric when added to your shopping cart, as indicated in the table above with quantity discount ranges for units purchased.

    Please purchase the number of linear yards that you require. When purchasing multiple yards of the same fabric, you will receive one continuous length of that material. We carefully take that material and roll it onto a cardboard core and wrap clear plastic or Kraft paper over it, making sure to keep the fabric in its first quality condition. We pride ourselves on having one of the best material handling crews possible.

    Resin Consumption

    Resin consumption is provided for the approximate amount of resin by weight in the final part after processing by vacuum infusion. This does not account for the resin used in the flow lines and consumables such as flow media or breather cloth. Wet-layup by hand will also have a higher resin consumption in the final part and depends on the user’s techniques. Vacuum bagging a wet layup will improve the resin content. Too much resin will cause a weaker part, not stronger. The average rule of thumb is around 45% (+/- a couple of percent). To calculate actual resin % in your part, a burn test is used. For example, you have a part weighing 100 grams, and you would burn off the resin, which would leave the fiber behind. You should have 55 grams of fiber left when your process is working correctly. Due to the variables in processing, it is hard to give an accurate amount of resin needed to purchase for making your part. However, you will have waste no matter what method is used. A suggested ratio is about 1-1.5lbs of resin per lb of fabric purchased.

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