Rock West Composites unveils new aircraft-grade product line

The company says the product line is designed to meet a need in the marketplace for lightweight, modular structures with construction strength suitable for aerospace and industrial applications.

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Rock West Composites (RWC, San Diego, CA, US) is launching a new system of aircraft-grade, aluminum connector joints. Carbon Erector is an enabling technology that will allow individuals and businesses to construct an extensive variety of structures made of prefabricated carbon fiber composite tubes and plates joined by Carbon Erector connectors. RWC will also provide assembly services as part of this new offering.

The initial Carbon Erector product line is comprised of a series of 24 different connector kits, which include connectors made of CNC-machined, aircraft-grade 6061-T6 black anodized aluminum and screws with 170,000 PSI tensile strength. The construction method is mechanical and requires no adhesives or bonding. The product line currently supports construction using 1-inch, 1.5-inch and 2.0-inch Interior Diameter (ID) round carbon fiber composite tubing of varying thicknesses and any plate thickness.

The joints are designed to facilitate an almost infinite number of connections on planes, intersections and corners. These kits will allow the rapid construction and reconfiguration of modular structures utilizing pre-manufactured and readily available carbon fiber composite tubing and plates. In addition, Rock West Composites is also able to design connectors for other tube sizes based on customers’ specific needs.

"Our customers can now purchase the connector kit, high quality tubes and plates, and assembly services all through Rock West Composites, offering a single supplier advantage," Adrian Corbett, director of new business for RWC. “Connections have been strength tested, and CAD models and 2D drawings are available on our website, which should be very helpful for people engineering the desired structures. We believe this new system will be a game changer for many of our customers.”