JEC World 2018 preview: Haydale
Haydale (Hall 6, S64) is demonstrating applications of its lightweight graphene-enhanced prepregs, which are said to offer significant weight reduction and improved structural performance.
Haydale (Hall 6, S64) is demonstrating applications of its lightweight graphene-enhanced prepregs, which are said to offer significant weight reduction and improved structural performance. On display will be a graphene-enhanced carbon fiber composite rear wheel arch made with thermally enhanced tooling, a demisable fuel tank for use in the satellite industry, a next-generation bicycle frame, and graphene-enhanced payload sent to the edge of space. In addition, Haydale is featuring graphene-enhanced 3D filament and pellets aimed at improving the speed, strength, quality and accuracy of 3D printed products.
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