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10/6/2014

SAERTEX announces 3D fabrics

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The company offers 3D reinforcements in fabric and billet form.

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SAERTEX (Huntersville, N.C., USA) has broken new ground and taken a decisive step forward on the multiaxial NCF market by developing innovative 3D fabrics. 3D fabrics are made of fibers in 0 and 90 degree orientation. The important feature is the additional reinforcing fibers through their entire thickness, called Z fibers. These hold the layers arranged from 0 to 90 degrees together and offer major benefits: protection against separation, time savings when inserting in a molded body, quicker infusion rates due to better flow characteristics, weight savings and improved capabilities.

3D fabrics are available in thicknesses from 1.5 to 3 mm. Another new SAERTEX product is 3D billets: these also feature Z fibers and are available in thicknesses from 3 to 50 mm. 3D fabrics and 3D billets are even better suited to the high mechanical demands of boat building, offshore, sports industries,  commercial storage containers, and in manufacturing vehicles for public transport use, than standard reinforcements, says the company.

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