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COMMON PROCESS

STEP 1: DESIGN/CONCEPT

To bring a carbon fiber, composite component to life, the first step is to develop a working design with a appropiate lamination schedule such that the component being built is as light weight as possible while retaining functional structural integrity.

STEP 2: MOULD DEVELOPMENT

Next, hand crafted moulds are manufactured using high temperature epoxies (formulated for finishline),fiberglass and graphites. Alternatively, moulds are made with aluminum/steel which has been CNC machined. Great care is taken to ensure that the moulds are of the highest quality, a crucial component to a well built structure.

STEP 3: LAMINATION

Part of what makes our carbon fiber,composites so visually stunning is the skill and the craftsmanship of our laminators. Proper layup of composite materials into the moulds, while adhering to our strict lamination schedules, results in components that are structurally sound and visually pleasing.

STEP 4: VACUUM SEALING/AUTOCLAVING

To provide the ultimate compaction in comparison to other methods of production, we vacuum bag and AUTOCLAVE every component produced. Constant vacuum is applied to the component while it is curing @ very high pressures and temperatures.

STEP 5: INSPECTION

Each component is inspected for pinholes, nonlinear bias, resin content,airvoids, compaction issues, and any other defects. Anything which does not pass our strict standards of quality is destroyed.

STEP 6: TRIMMING/FITTING/FINISHING

Once a component has passed inspection, it is trimmed using a precise ROTT or trimline. At this stage, any secondary bonding processes are completed, and each component is QA tested for fitment on the actual component it is going to live with. The component is then hand buffed to a mirror finish. It should be noted that none of our products require or undergo any secondary finishing such as clearcoating, which can accelerate yellowing due to UV damage and eventually delaminate.

STEP 7: PACKING/SHIPPING

Each component produced is carefully packed and shipped to its destination. Care is taken to ensure proper labeling. Also, custom packaging is available