EnableX 2017-09-25T14:06:03+00:00

Industry has been seeking ways to make composites predictable, scaleable, and affordable.

Traditional ways of fabricating pre-preg into shapes is time consuming and expensive. Therefore, the full advantages that a continuous fiber reinforced composite can bring to an application were limited to those specific applications where production volumes were low, and costs were not the overriding concern.

While no material is 100% predictable in any new design, continuous fiber composites are the most predictable type of composite material. Why? Because the fiber orientation can be known, and controlled. Unlike molding compounds, continuous fiber materials do not have flow or knit lines.

One way to make composites workable in large volumes is to machine parts from sheets or other stock shapes such as tubes or rods. These stock removal techniques can create intricate geometries, and do so with moderately high throughput. However, these techniques limit the design flexibility because the fiber orientation is fixed in the shape. And, stock removal techniques can generate too much material loss to be economically viable in some cases.

So, how can the advantages of continuous fiber reinforced materials be matched up with the demands of industry today?  

EnableX ™ is a pre-preg molding system.

EnableX™ is a breakthrough from Norplex-Micarta that allows continuous fiber pre-preg to be co-cured in a multi-material molding system to produce near net shapes. Building upon the predictability of continuous fiber reinforced pre-preg, EnableX™ materials are:

  • Specifically designed for compression molding
  • Tested to ensure compatibility
  • Supported by our team of application engineers

Additionally, like all Norplex-Micarta materials, our in-house laboratory and development capabilities allow for new concepts to be prototyped, or specific datasets to be developed to support specific design criteria.

And, EnableX ™ is available on a variety of reinforcement fibers and constructions. 

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Collaborative Design Approach

Norplex-Micarta welcomes the opportunity to work with composite design veterans and those new to working with composites. We follow your lead and adapt our development approach to match your timeline and budget.

Generally, the first step is to determine the appropriate resin matrix. EnableX™ has been verified on several different epoxy and phenolic resin systems, and more are always in development. Many of these materials have been tested and can serve as a baseline for virtual modeling. Moreover, these materials are readily available to accelerate the design timeline through physical prototyping.

Reinforcement options for EnableX™ are essentially limitless. From Carbon, to Glass, to natural fibers such as Cotton or Paper, and then to fibers that significantly alter the behavior of the material such as PTFE or thermoplastics, are available in the EnableX™ system.  Beyond the fibers themselves, different architectures and hybridizations of reinforcements further expand the design window.

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Looking for continuous fiber materials in higher volumes?
Ready to start thinking about fabricating pre-pregs differently?
Want to discuss how EnableX™ can help you?

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