JEC World 2020 preview: COBRA International
COBRA International (Chonburi, Thailand) is exhibiting its latest foiling board technology and is presenting its process for recycling and reusing epoxy resin windsurf parts using Recyclamine resins.
The group says its latest work with recyclable resins takes another step forwards into the future of watersports composites. COBRA has worked alongside customer Starboard and Recyclamine resin supplier Aditya Birla (Bangkok, Thailand) to set up a low-temperature recycling process that breaks down epoxy composite windsurf fins, production waste, unused parts and production tooling, recovering valuable reinforcement fabrics for reuse and a thermoplastic resin compound that can be used for COBRA’s plastic accessory components.
On display are foiling boards such as Flite’s electric foiling surfboard (on display at the Innovation Planets) and the Windsurfer LT, its latest success story for grassroots watersports. The full Windsurfer LT package — board, fin, mast, boom and sail — for this product is now produced at COBRA.
The CAC (COBRA Advanced Composites) team, now a partner to many automotive and motorcycle manufacturers in Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K., is at the show with several examples of its prepreg carbon fiber parts, including a full carbon motorcycle swing arm.
COBRA Composite Structures (CCS) is showcasing its latest work for the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and autonomous vehicle markets. Working with a leading manufacturer in Thailand, CCS produces composite covers for drones used in agricultural spraying and monitoring.
COBRA’s internal product development team, the Design and Development (D&D) department, is displaying several examples of product design work. Specializing in all aspects of the design, material sourcing, engineering and production processes, the D&D team have worked with several innovative designers such as Sutherland Furniture on carbon fiber furniture.
Fast-reacting resins and speedier processes are making economical volume manufacturing possible.
Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive.
The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.