What is Composite Material? A composite material is a solid material that is made from more than two or more independent materials. These independent materials are ideally combined together in order to produce a flexible material with diverse physical and chemical properties. In the manufacturing industry this material can be used to build a wide range of items, such as furniture, vehicles, etc. Composite material comes in various types:
This composite material can be combined with other materials in order to make a stronger or denser one. For instance, in order to make a carbon fiber body for a car, one might combine graphite (the lightest and cheapest) with aluminum (which is the strongest). The resulting item is stronger and is lighter weight than any single material by itself. In addition, many manufacturers use this material to build components such as dashboards, rearview mirrors, door handles and turn signals.
There are two main categories of composite material. The first type is ready-to-use or Ready Specification material, which is typically used to manufacture simple molded plastic products such as luggage, toys, backpacks, etc. In this category the manufacturer designs the product in a highly detailed CAD software program. The desired shape is then carefully taken into account, along with all the desired functionality, and only then are the dimensions and composition of the product filled.
The second type is premanufacture molds to create parts and materials, which are then used in a variety of applications. In the case of these products, the molds are produced in a variety of sizes and shapes from a large number of brass, pewter, steel and plastic products. The molds are then used to manufacture different parts, such as dashboards, bumpers, door knobs and handlebars. Another application is to build completely finished products, such as steering wheels, seats and even mirrors.
In addition to its wide range of uses, there are a number of specific advantages to using composite material. For example, composite material components require much less maintenance and can generally withstand heat, impact, corrosion, shrinkage and even abrasion. Composite components can also be made in a wide range of color options. Further, it is widely known that composite material products have a much higher resistance to weathering than their metal counterparts. Finally, composite material components can be easily imprinted or designed with intricate graphic designs.
Although composite materials are very versatile and cost effective, care should be used when sourcing components. It is best to source composite parts from manufacturers with a proven track record for high quality and consistent performance. To ensure that your composite material components match your exact specifications and requirements exactly, it is also best to hire an experienced and reputable composite material fitter. With the help of a fitter, you can avoid purchasing inferior parts at a much cheaper price. This will enable you to utilize your newly acquired composite parts at an early stage for further savings on subsequent repair and maintenance.