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With its signature weave and a near-perfect blend of strength, lightweight, and stiffness, carbon fiber material has crazed engineers since its discovery in 1958. Therefore, boasting the strength ten times that of steel and a fraction of the weight. No wonder automotive and aerospace companies have incorporated the material into their designs. In 1981 McLaren...
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There’s nothing like carbon fiber. Carbon fiber manufacturing is a unique method and fascinating when explored in greater detail. To learn all about carbon fiber, continue reading below. The Lowdown on Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Like other materials, quality carbon fiber starts with a base component: polyacrylonitrile (PAN). 90% of carbon fibers are made out of that....
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The modern pattern of carbon fiber is iconic. Sleek, metallic interwoven threads that emphasize both speed and strength. But carbon fiber is more than a design, and while it is used in everything from golf clubs to space shuttles, it did not start there. The history of carbon fiber started more than 100 years ago, and the future...
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There are lots of different types of composite materials, but what is a composite material? A composite material is a simple combination of two or more materials, usually with different properties used across various industries. So, read on for a list of composite materials and to learn more about them. List of Composite Materials Composite materials are...
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Carbon fiber products are in growing demand. In fact, the market size is expected to be worth 7.8 billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 10.6%. So, why’s this the case? In short, aerospace, wind energy, defense, and automotive industries are all using increasing amounts of carbon fiber products. In light of that, we’re going to explain...
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Strong, light, and stiff, woven carbon fiber has been used within manufacturing for many years. Woven carbon fiber comprises carbon fiber forerunners such as rayon and polyacrylonitrile (PAN) chemically heated, treated, stretched, and carbonized. Therefore, creating high-strength fibers that are popular with engineers and designers within the manufacturing world. Let’s examine this substance in more...
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These days, carbon fire is a principal element in the manufacturing of composite materials. The material dates back to its first uses by Thomas Edison. Although the fibers in his day lacked tensile strength, the considerable heat tolerance made them ideal for conducting electricity. So, it’s no wonder that decades since then, carbon fiber has continued...
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When it comes to carbon fiber, the old saying is true: you get what you pay for! It may be tempting to use some other material because you could save money versus paying for the cost of carbon fiber. But other materials don’t offer the same in terms of performance and quality. Still not sure why...
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Machining carbon fiber is becoming a more common practice in the aerospace and automotive industries. Also more popular than ever due to the material’s longevity, lightweight composition, and corrosion-resistant nature. As an ideal mechanical testing material, industry experts must understand the ins and outs of carbon fiber machining. Read on to learn how to address the...
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Despite the low number of employees in the fiberglass industry, it continues to grow and this material is in demand for manufacturers of boats, automobiles, planes, and more. If you’re working on a project and considering using fiberglass, it’s important to understand all of the fiberglass properties. These will help you make your final decision as...
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