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Old 02-04-2009, 05:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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In terms of the CF price issues. the Rocky Mountain Institute Hypercar venture spinned off into this :

Fiberforge: Lightweighting Your World With Thermoplastic Advanced Composite Parts
Fiberforge is a technology company that has developed a breakthrough process to enable the high volume, low cost production of thermoplastic advanced composite parts for a broad range of applications.

Improve system and product performance
by "lightweighting your world" with Fiberforge technology.

Thermoplastic advanced composites compared to other materials:
60% lighter and 600% stiffer than steel
30% lighter than aluminum
200% tougher than thermoset composites
500% stiffer than injection molded plastics
60% less scrap during production than sheet goods
It is not pure CF per se, but it is intended to be used as same. Here is more meat and potatoes :

Fiberforge: Resource Library, Thermoplastic Advanced Composite Technology

Question: I heard that CF was *not* recyclable in the way that steel and other metals are. Is this true?


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