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custom shapes

Applications engineering, process development, and materials engineering to support the development of custom shapes.

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Why a custom composite shape?

Because every application is different. And to fully harness the potential of composite materials, the reinforcement needs to align with the load path.

Additionally, with custom shapes, material loss from stock removal processes may be limited. And when produced from quick, or snap, curing resin systems, production volumes can be in the hundreds of thousands of parts per year — or more.

Not just for Structural Applications, but Electrical ones as well.

Composites are well known for their structural and mechanical properties. These same materials can also be excellent electrical insulators, which makes them increasingly attractive to engineers in the electrical vehicle (EV) space. Beyond EV’s, large, industrial, scale batteries and even solar roof panels benefit from both the structural and electrical properties of Norplex-Micarta’s materials.

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Why Norplex-Micarta for custom composite shape development?

Norplex-Micarta has been producing thermoset materials for more than 100 years.

Resin systems based on epoxy, phenolic, melamine, and silicone are commonly ran in our Postville, Iowa facility. These and other resin chemistries are often modified with additives to provide even more functionality for designers and engineers looking for a material solution to demanding applications. Reinforcements are even more varied. Glass, carbon, natural and synthetic reinforcements are all possible. So too are hybridization of these reinforcements in various different fabric architectures.

With an infinite amount of customization available, the options for composite materials can seem overwhelming. Norplex-Micarta has dedicated application and material development engineers to support material selection, application development, prototyping, and customization to support designers and engineers. 

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Norplex-Micarta also offers pre-preg, sheet, and tube materials.

Would one of these material options be more suitable for your project? Perhaps one of these forms would allow for a prototype to be produced economically and with a quicker turnaround compared to other options?