Q. What do you specialize in making?
Q. Do you have any new products?
Q. Can you make a car hood, trunk, or motorcycle fender?
Q. How does the process work, how do we get started?
Q. What materials do you use?
A. We use carbon fiber which is pre-impregnated with a high temperature toughened epoxy resin; this is commonly referred to as pre-preg. We use several forms of this material, see pictures 1-3, at right.
We also use Dyneema HB2 in armor applications.
Q. How do you make the parts?
A. First we cut out all the individual layers of material, called plies, according to the ply-lay up diagram developed by engineering. We then place the carbon fiber plies into the tool, and apply pressure to the part using a variety of tools and techniques, and bake the part at around 250-275F.
The orientation, number of plies and type of material used is designed to produce a part which fits the dimensions and specifications of the part.
The part is then removed from the tool, and finished by removing resin flash or sanding or cutting to exact specifications.
Q. Which markets do you serve?
Q. What products have you developed recently for these markets?