Carbon fiber Manufacturing
Epi Carbon fiber Manufacturing
The proximity to the Apulian aeronautical district and the collaboration with research centers on composite materials (http://www.cetma.it/leggi_news.aspx?id=25) have allowed the development of a deep know-how relative to manufacturing processes of carbon fiber and composite materials.
We transfer know-how to customers for the use of composite materials in product development or in the design of new technological objects.
Thanks to the high skills of our technicians and engineers, we are able to offer a design and manufacturing service for carbon fiber components, according to customer needs.
The production department includes an autoclave with a diameter of 1700 mm and a length of 5500 mm.
Our main markets are: sports equipment, saddles tree, components for furniture-design, components and parts for the marine and automotive sectors, luggage items for professional and personal use.
Why choose us
Reliability and transparency
Highly qualified technicians
100% Made-in-Italy quality
Prototype development: a taylor made solution
We study customized solutions for product innovation.
Based on the drawings provided by the customer or by the reverse engineering of existing physical objects, we study and propose tailor-made solutions that involve the use of composite materials.
Our engineers and technicians are able to offer the following services:
Design, modeling and 3D printing
Design and manufacture of molds
Manufacture of a single sample or series production
Construction of customized products
Laboratory testing and certification, in collaboration with specialized research centers
Products and Main Markets
Carbon fiber Saddles Tree
Custom made Technical Luggage and accessories
Furniture and Design
Gift and Luxury box
Composite materials: what they are and how they are made
Composite materials have become a precious resource for the realization of numerous products since they integrate lightness, mechanical strength and aesthetic performance: indispensable elements in many industrial sectors.
The use of composite materials has taken on significant importance in recent decades, arriving, in some sectors, almost completely replacing metallic, plastic and wooden materials, thanks to their extremely high physical-mechanical properties.
Among the composite materials a leading role is occupied by carbon fiber, a highly innovative material that allows the creation of products with mechanical characteristics that were previously impossible.
Carbon fiber is ideal for example to give new life to a product that is by now mature or to provide a new lever to the marketing function with its “racing” appeal.
Materials consisting of two or more elements are called “composites“. From the union of these elements we obtain a new material that combines the best features of the single elements that compose it. Generally composite materials are made by means of a matrix and a fiber.
For example, reinforced concrete is a composite material as it consists of the iron rod, which has the task of resisting traction, and of the cement matrix which has the task of resisting compression. In the same way, an artifact made of carbon fiber is composed of woven carbon fiber filaments and a resin, the matrix, generally of an epoxy.
The matrix is the “glue” that holds the fiber together and protects it from the effects of the external environment, also allowing to distribute the loads to which the product is subjected.
Composite materials allow the construction of lightweight, durable and energy-efficient structures that can be used in a wide variety of applications.
The aeronautical and aerospace sectors were the reference sectors forerunners in the use of composite materials: the technologies developed in these enviroments can now also be used for everyday applications.
There are different methods for the production of manufactured articles in composite materials.
One of the main, as well as that used in the aeronautical field, is the autoclave process, since it guarantees the best mechanical characteristics on the finished product.
The prepreg fabrics (or fabrics already impregnated with resin / matrix) of carbon fiber or kevlar or other composite material are first cut into shapes. The shapes are rolled into a mold; the mold is then placed in an autoclave and subjected to a care cycle at electronically controlled pressures and temperatures. At the end of the process the finished piece is obtained.
There are numerous types of compound materials.
The first distinction divides the fibers and the matrices into two macro areas, depending on whether they are natural or synthetic.
The most common types of synthetic fibers include carbon fiber, aramid fiber (kevlar) and fiberglass.
Even natural composites, consisting of at least one element of natural derivation, are currently of particular importance. Today, in fact, alternative sources are available compared to traditional fibers; this is the case, for example, of so-called “green” reinforcements, such as hemp, linen or bamboo fibers.
Ultimately, the main feature of composites is to lighten the finished product while simultaneously improving its mechanical characteristics.
This lightness translates into a generalized saving that, depending on the case, can be evaluated in terms of fatigue or energy.
In addition to structural efficiency, composite materials can also be smarter, more functional and more versatile than traditional ones. The combination of new features in composites is considerably easier than with metals and the only obstacle is the boundaries of imagination.