This Month in Carbon Fiber: September 2013

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CFG Updates

Handmade Italian Carbon Fiber Sunglasses and Eyeglass Frames Back!

After a long hiatus, we’re finally able to bring back some sold out models, and even some new styles, of Custom 6 eyewear.  These are sunglasses and eyeglass frames made of 100% carbon fiber in Italy.  Check out the full collection of styles, all in stock, here.

A New Watch from Ravencrest Tactical

A real carbon fiber dial, large 42mm face and a “Breitling”-like band really make this watch stand out.  The R2 watch is also affordable at just $299.

Ravencrest Tactical R2 carbon fiber watch

Finally, an iPhone Case with a Belt Clip

You guys have asked us for it for years, and now we finally have one for the iPhone 5/5S.  Introducing the Rogue, by Element Case!  This case is made from a mix of carbon fiber, TPU, polycarbonate and T6061 aluminum.  The outcome is a super protective case, that even offers a good amount of front protection.  Included is a removable belt clip, that also doubles as a viewing stand.

Element Case Rogue carbon fiber case for iPhone 5/5S


Carbon Fiber Gear Does MPact East

This year the MPact BMW & exotic car festival was held in Baltimore, and we were there displaying over 100 products.  We had a fantastic time and it was a pleasure meeting everybody who stopped by.

Carbon Fiber Gear at MPact East

Industry News

We’ve partnered with the folks at Composites World to bring you monthly updates in the more technical world of carbon fiber.  Here’s what’s new this month:

ATK delivers composite backbone for James Webb Telescope

Made primarily of carbon fiber composites, the James Webb Telescope backplane is designed to support three times its own weight and maintain dimensional accuracy to within 38 nm.

ATK delivers composite backbone for James Webb Telescope  PIC

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Reports: Samsung considering carbon fiber body for Galaxy S5

Samsung formed a joint venture with carbon fiber manufacturer SGL Group in June 2013 to develop composites for applications in electronics, and the S5 might be the first beneficiary.

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Compression/induction technology added to Carbon Fiber conference lineup

Roctool’s Mathieu Boulanger will offer Carbon Fiber 2013 attendees information about his company’s high-speed compression molding process that uses induction heating.

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Harper workshop reviews carbon fiber technology developments

Harper International’s 2013 Carbon Fiber R&D Workshop gathered carbon fiber experts from academia, industry and public sector to focus on the future of carbon fiber research and development.

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Tailored Fiber Placement: Besting metal in volume production

Affordable automated production of highly optimized preforms and parts.

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Beacon Power installs first flywheels at Pennsylvania energy storage plant

Beacon’s carbon fiber composite flywheels are designed to store excess energy during periods of low energy demand, and quickly discharge it during demand peaks.

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Tooling up for larger launch vehicles

NASA and Janicki Industries demonstrate composites’ cost advantage in tooling for fabrication of 10m/33 ft diameter payload fairing for next-generation launch vehicle.

Assembly of the VARTM carbon fiber/epoxy substructure components.

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Formula 1 team optimizes car design-to-build process

FEA-to-CAD translation tool opens doors to cross-department communication and frees up time for R&D and test-piece manufacture.

Formula 1 composite definition model

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Dieffenbacher acquires Fiberforge tape layup technology

Whatever the cause of the fire aboard the Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner parked at London’s Heathrow International Airport on July 12, one thing is now clear: It’s time for a major fuselage repair.

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Highlights from the 2013 SPE ACCE

The 13th annual edition of the Society of Plastics Engineer’s Automotive Division composites conference is the largest ever, at a new venue.

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BMW unveils the i8 hybrid sports car at Frankfurt Auto Show

The sportscar hybrid has an all-carbon Life module passenger cell integrated with an aluminum Drive module.

BMW i8

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Spread tow carbon fiber featured in new line of Kemo bikes

Ultralight road bike made with TeXtreme spread tow fabrics developed by Oxeon.

Kemo bike with Oxeon

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Lamborghini intros new carbon-intensive model at Frankfurt

The new Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse features a large number of carbon parts for maximum performance.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse

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BMW formally launches i3 manufacture and assembly

As BMW formally launches manufacture of the composites-intensive i3, the company reveals more information about the composites manufacturing and assembly process at its German facilities.

BMW formally launches i3 manufacture and assembly

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Toho Tenax preform technology wins AVK conference award

Toho Tenax’ Part via Preform (PvP) product integrates carbon fiber with binder resin, allowing for faster and simple preform manufacturing.

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Key suppliers celebrate Bombardier CSeries first flight

Toho Tenax and Virtek, suppliers to the CSeries, congratulate the OEM on the successful first flight.

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DSM helps The Netherlands’ human-powered vehicle team set new world record

Made from lightweight composite materials supplied by DSM Composite Resins AG (Schaffhausen, Switzerland), the team’s Velox3 vehicle reached 133.78 kmh (83 mph), winning the 2013 World Human Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nev.

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Caterham introduces carbon fiber concept car

U.K.-based Caterham Cars has introduced the AeroSeven Concept, which features carbon fiber composites and Formula 1-inspired styling.

Caterham AeroSeven concept

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Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, September, 2013

Week of September 4: Aerospace industry job opportunities at GE Aviation, CHOMARAT Group, Hexcel Corp. and more.

Week of September 10: Aerospace industry job opportunities at SAMPE, 3D Plus, Boeing, Toray Composites America and more.

Week of September 24: Aerospace industry job opportunities at Amtech, Hexcel, Toray Composites (America), Cytec Aerospace Materials, and Boeing.

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