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Flying Car Designed with Composites Ready to Hit the Road, and Soon, the Sky

PAL-V started flying and driving its flying car test prototypes back in 2012. That testing led to PAL-V designing its first flying car to be available commercially, the Liberty. The PAL-V’s hybrid composite chassis is made of carbon fiber body composites which work in tandem with air-hardened, heat-treated steel tubing. The Liberty recently passed the…

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Composites Contribute to Cost-Efficient Utility Vehicle

While D2H Advanced Technologies Ltd., Buckingham, U.K., has expertise in sophisticated vehicle design from Formula One to NASCAR Cup Series cars, the company’s latest project drove it in a different direction. The advanced engineering firm designed a composite chassis for low-cost, zero-emission utility vehicles. Commonly called “tuk-tuks,” the auto rickshaws are geared toward customers in…

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Troubleshooting Six Common Gel Coat Issues

Although gel coats are often used as a surface finish for fiber-reinforced polymer composites, they shouldn’t be an afterthought considered only for enhancing aesthetics. Gel coats also protect FRP parts from water, UV light and other stresses imposed by the environment. In addition, they can provide specialized functionality, such as fire retardancy, chemical resistance, and…

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America’s Cup Competitor Relies on Composites for Speed and Strength

Symmetrix Composite Tooling is a Supplier/Technical Partner with New York Yacht Club American Magic, the U.S. Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. To provide the necessary patterns and molds for American Magic’s two AC75 foiling monohulls and for the 26-meter tall mast, Symmetrix used its large format CMS Poseidon 5-Axis CNC machine, measuring 26 meters…