“We create. We innovate. We build. We do it together. These are materials that would be ideal for fuel-efficient cars, or longer wind turbine blades that produce more energy, or materials that might go into our aviation sector. And of course, these advanced polymer composites are a sophisticated combination of materials like carbon fiber.”
– President Barack Obama in his remarks at the announcement of the manufacturing hub in Clinton, TN
Sample Products and 3D Printed Molds
Carbon fiber was developed in the 1970s during a search for alternative raw materials. This search led to the introduction of carbon fibers made from a petroleum pitch derived from oil processing. With a fantastic weight-to-strength ratio, its first uses were in the aerospace & military markets.
The Future of Carbon Fiber
Carbon fiber is already an important material in products across all markets and industries, and with new applications and uses discovered every year, the future of carbon fiber looks extremely bright. With its growth, carbon fiber and its composites offer great potential to the future of all markets and industries. With excellent strength to weight ratios and a long list of other benefits, carbon fiber’s potential uses are currently growing in manufacturing, product design, energy conservation, natural resource conservation, the automotive industry, and more. Some key areas of natural resource, automotive, and commercial industry related growth include:
Fuel Efficient Vehicles
While carbon fiber is currently used in small batches of high performance vehicles and automobiles, the automotive industry is starting to increase their production of cars with carbon fiber features. Replacing steel components with carbon fiber would reduce the weight of most cars by 60%, reducing fuel consumption by 30%.
Automotive Parts and Repairs
Ultra lightweight carbon fiber composites offer great benefits to the automotive industry, including those related to fuel-economy and carbon-emissions. Originally confined to race cars, luxury cars, and show cars, carbon fiber composites may soon be found in more of our everyday vehicles. Repairs are currently available for all vehicles through custom auto repair shops like Malibu Collision Repair Center.
Carbon fiber and composites are commonly used to help build structures that produce alternate energy. Because it’s light weight and strong, carbon fiber is often used in the production of wind turbines, compressed natural gas storage and transportation, and fuel cells.
Carbon fiber and its composites can also provide assistance with the creation of deep sea drilling platforms, drill pipes, and other oil exploration equipment. Incentives for using composites in oil exploration are substantial because of the corrosion resistance and light weight.
Construction and Infrastructure
Carbon fiber and its lightweight, but strong properties provide alternatives to traditional steel, aluminum and fiberglass materials, helping create lightweight, pre-cast concrete, as well as earthquake protection in buildings and structures of all types.