Thermoplastic specialist Impact Composites (Erlanger, KY, US) showed a new molded woven carbon/polyetheretherketone (PEEK) solid billet, intended to be machined to net shape for complex, three-dimensional parts. Sean Reymond, the company’s chief technology officer, says the billet, called VTL (Very Thick Laminate), is a good alternative to replace titanium or aluminum parts, in orthopedic medical applications such as external fixation devices for broken bones or orthopedic tools. VTL can be produced to suit customer needs, in a variety of thicknesses and sizes.
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This addition will increase MRC’s carbon fiber output production capacity by 1,000 tons.