30 April 2013
30 April 2013
Prodrive says it has developed a new manufacturing process which combines “designer” colours with a deep, glass-like finish and the durability required for demanding applications.
Prodrive claim the new process is the result of a six month, in-house development programme that focussed on quality and durability. “We’ve validated the technique with samples in really gorgeous, deep shades of maroon and British Racing Green under a glass-like lacquer,” said Prodrive’s Composites Manager Ian Handscombe. “It’s a substantial step beyond conventional carbon trim finishes, offering something very special for exclusive vehicle options and other luxury products.”
The company states that the proprietary manufacturing process combines technical innovation with the very high levels of craft skills that complement Prodrive’s rapidly growing composites manufacturing operation. Prodrive says that the resulting components are chip resistant, UV stable and highly consistent in both colour and finish. The first application is expected to be for a European manufacturer of luxury cars, with marine and aviation applications following.
A team of engineers at the University of Delaware (UD) is developing next-generation smart textiles by creating flexible carbon nanotube composite coatings on a wide range of fibres, including cotton, nylon and wool.
Haydale has supplied graphene enhanced prepreg for Juno, a 3 m wide composite-skinned unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which was revealed during Futures Day at the 2018 Farnborough Air Show.