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Materials and Technology
Carbon fiber is stronger than steel and a much lighter material for manufacturing. You’ll find carbon fiber parts in automobiles, airplanes, and recreational products like bicycles and golf clubs. Because of the unique properties of carbon fiber, it’s also used to make phone cases. Carbon fiber phone cases are in high demand. It’s one of the many types...
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Construction materials have pretty much remained the same for ages. Stone, wood, mud brick, and even concrete have remained the building materials of choice throughout much of history. Primitive composite materials have a long history. With the remarkable growth of technology, the use of advanced composites in construction has now become possible. So, here’s a look at some ways companies are...
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Composite materials have been with us for a while. Fiberglass and carbon fiber composites are well known. They’ve even helped revolutionize the aerospace industry. But what will the future of composites in aerospace look like? The sky’s the limit with new composite materials set to shake up the industry. Let’s examine some of the benefits of composites,...
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Carbon manufacturing is slowly maturing because the demand is increasing. Industries across the board are discovering new uses and solutions. This means that carbon manufacturers will be busier than ever. In this article, we will discuss three reasons why carbon fiber manufacturers can expect an increase in business soon. Reason 1: Versatility What is carbon...
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Molding vs casting? Manufacturers in a wide range of industries rely on components created by compression molding and injection molding. Carbon fiber parts can be created using either method, depending on the specifications and tolerances associated with the project. SMI is a leader in the production of carbon fiber parts for the automotive and aerospace industries. If you’re considering a partner who can...
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Nowadays, the casting process is useful for much more, such as creating materials, sculptures, and equipment. Carbon fiber products and other carbon fiber manufacturing are all possible because of this process. For the uninitiated, here is a quick overview of the casting process. Casting Process History and Development The origins of casting go back to as...
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Compared to other highly-durable materials, carbon fiber is pricey. But this is changing. Industrial-grade carbon fiber used to cost as much as $15 per pound; now it can cost as little as $7 per pound. How is this possible? Carbon fiber cost factors are undergoing increasing advancement. This is lowering the price of raw material, production,...
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Composite manufacturing is a burgeoning industry that contributes $22 billion to the U.S. economy each year, meaning there’s no shortage of quality vendors out there. But how do you know which one is best for your company? Do you pick a random credible name out of a hat and hope for the best? We surely hope not....
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Of the many elements that humankind has learned to utilize for technological purposes, carbon is among the most important. It is, literally, the very stuff of life. Therefore, carbon-based biology, the industry, and the economy still rely on for fuel. And, in the early decades of the twenty-first century, the advent of carbon fiber has...
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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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