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Most people know about the use of carbon fiber in high-tech manufacturing and engineering. But did you know that carbon fiber is also used to make clothing? Carbon fiber is actually five times stronger than steel. This makes it a smart choice for many kinds of engineering applications and high-performance clothing. Because carbon fiber clothing is tough...
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Weight saving and strength are the main reasons why people opt for carbon fiber over aluminum or other metal wheels. Carbon fiber is a lot more durable than people think and is the main choice of material when racing or any other sort of vehicle enhancement is trying to be achieved. With so many advantages,...
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Strength, luxury, and versatility. These words pop into mind when people think about carbon fiber materials. Recent years have seen a boom in demand for this product. In 2021, the global production capacity for carbon fiber was about 193 thousand tons. Although carbon fiber material cost is still higher than steel, the technology is constantly...
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Projections show that the global carbon fiber market will reach a size of $8.9 billion by 2031. Carbon fiber has one of the best strength-to-weight ratios of any material, making it ideal for a range of applications. There are various molding processes available, and they all provide different results. Picking the best molding process for...
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According to a research brief published by E2Open, the top two reasons for outsourcing manufacturing are, to reduce manufacturing costs and relying on third parties for manufacturing expertise. While for those looking to cut out the middle man and start composite manufacturing in-house, there are loads of benefits. Namely, cutting costs. At SMI Composites, we’ve...
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Carbon fiber is for astronauts. Your bike frame and luxury car may disagree. But since the 1960s, space shuttles have been created with carbon fiber. That does explain the price tag the fabric comes with. Carbon fiber goes for $7 a pound, and that is after efforts to reduce the price. But is it worth...
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  According to the paper Estimating the prevalence of limb loss in the United States, limb loss is projected to double to 3.6 million in 2050. At the moment, it is the norm to use metal composites for prosthetics, but carbon fiber is going to transform this industry. As medical advancements progress, carbon fiber prosthetics won’t be...
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Interested in becoming a composite technician but aren’t sure what the career path entails? As a composite technician, you’ll have the opportunity to work on aircraft parts. This is a very important job that requires an analytical mindset, strong attention to detail, and solid verbal and written communication skills. If you think you have what...
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Manufacturers could soon use carbon fiber composite to improve vehicle fuel efficiency by 35%. That percentage equals about $5,000 per year in fuel savings Yet, fuel savings aren’t the only use case for carbon fiber composites. Companies also use it to make lightweight, durable luxury goods. Continue reading to learn more about five uses for...
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At SMI Composites, we use high-quality materials such as carbon fiber filaments. Professionals utilize this strong material for manufacturing and 3D printing. Using this material allows us to produce the finest end products. Carbon fiber filament is stiffer and lighter than steel. Request a quote if you’re interested in using this composite for your engineering projects. It’s...
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