08 November 2016
08 November 2016
Sigmatex has developed a new carbon fibre composite material within its sigmaRF product range.
Primarily aimed at the Automotive industry, Sigmatex describes the product as an innovative and sustainable composite material based on reclaimed carbon fibre and thermoplastic matrix.
According to Sigmatex, sigmaRF enables the complete manufacture of a non-crimp fabric by reformatting surplus virgin carbon fibre. This s said to significantly reduce the amount of fabric which is currently sent to landfill from both Sigmatex and its customers. sigmaRF is suitable for many applications which currently use carbon fibre textiles, particularly for automotive, sports, leisure and energy applications.
Sigmatex explains that the Polypropylene material is a uniform blend of carbon and thermoplastic fibres and is typically made up of 55% thermoplastic and 45% carbon. 85% of the fibres are aligned, which provides far superior mechanical properties when compared to other recycled materials. Sigmatex has also developed a Polyamide version of the material which is also now available.
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