Re:Build Oribi Composites has taken our innovative manufacturing automation processes and applied them to high-volume production of thermoplastic composite tubes and profiles. The result is a line of tubes, shafts, sticks, or profiles avaailable in a variety of thermoplastic composite materials that provide unparalleled performance at a price point competitive with traditional metals and plastics.
Advantages of Composite and Carbon Fiber Tubes and Profiles
Tube and tubing made of composite materials provide significant advantages over traditional metals or plastics. The benefits of composite tubing include:
Superior Strength-to-Weight Ratio: Tubes made of composite materials provide incredible strength and durability without the weight of traditional metals.
Corrosion and Weather Resistance: Composite tubes perform well regardless of the environmental conditions, making them ideal solutions for industries such as military, aerospace, and sporting goods.
High Impact Resistance: Tubes made of composite materials such as carbon fiber can withstand significant impacts without damaging the performance of the product.
Vibration Dampening: The vibration-dampening nature of composite materials ensures stability and reduced wear-and-tear. For applications such as sporting goods or safety products, transitioning to carbon fiber can be a game-changer for the user.
Consistent Thermal Stability: Composite tubes are stable and maintain their performance and integrity across a wide range of temperatures.
Electrical Insulation: This feature of carbon fiber tubes provides both enhanced functionality and safety for any type of electrical application.
Design Adaptability: Looking for a custom application for tubes or tubing? Since composite materials can be easily formed and reformed, they allow designers and engineers to create more intricate and better-optimized products than tubes made of traditional materials.
Applications of Composite and Carbon Fiber Tubes and Profiles
The performance advantages of composite tubes and profiles translates to significant opportunities in a variety of industries, including:
Transportation: Composite tubes are stronger, lighter, and more corrosive resistant, making them ideal candidates for the transportation industry, especially with electric vehicles where weight saving is critical.
Sporting Goods: The high strength-to-weight ratio combined with high impact resistance and vibration dampening make composite tubes the ideal material for products such as hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, golf clubs, and bicycles. Carbon fiber tubes optimize the performance of sporting goods products without sacrificing durability.
Medical Devices: The precision and reliability created by composite materials is especially crucial for medical devices such as diagnostic equipment.
Robotics: The high and lightweight nature of composite tubes make them ideal for the structural components of robotics.
Marine: Durable and corrosive-resistant components are critical for any marine application.
Aerospace: Strong and lightweight composite tubes help with fuel efficiency and allow greater flexibility and design innovation.
Selecting the Best Composite Material Option for Tubes and Tubing
There are many options when it comes to composite materials manufacturing. Each fiber type has unique characteristics that need to be taken into account when developing products using composite tube.
Some of the more popular composite fiber options include:
Carbon Fiber: When most people think of composite materials they first think of carbon fiber. Tubes made from carbon fiber offer unparalleled strength and light weight, but at a premium price.
Glass Fibers (Fiberglass): Fiberglass composite tubes are a lower cost alternative to carbon fiber or Kevlar fiber. Tubes and tubing made from fiberglass have excellent strength-to-weight compared to traditional materials and are a great balance of performance and cost.
Kevlar Fiber: Tubes and profiles made from kevlar fibers are lightweight, have high tensile strength, and good abrasion resistance. While generally more expensive than fiberglass tubes, tubes made from Kevlar fibers offer advanced durability at a lower price point than carbon fiber.
All Re:Build Oribi Composites Tubes Are Made in the USA
Re:Build Oribi Composites makes all of our products, including tubes and profiles, in the USA. Our mission is to rebuild American manufacturing and to that end, we have made significant investments in plants and manufacturing technology in the US to allow us to compete with global production. Learn more about our commitment to rebuilding US manufacturing at https://rebuildmanufacturing.com/.
Specifications for Tubes and Profiles from Re:Build Oribi Composites:
The engineering and manufacturing wizards at ReBuild Oribi Composites can design and manufacture tubes to meet your specific requirements. The following are the general specifications for the tubes we manufacture:
- Min = .5 inches
- Max = 3 inches
- Min = .03
- Max = .25”
- Max = 42 inches
- Carbon Fiber
- Glass Fiber (Fiberglass)
- Any thermoplastic resin compatible fiber
Connect with the Composite Tube and Profile Experts at Re:Build Oribi Composites
The team at Re:Build Oribi Composites can work with you to make sure that you get composite tubes that meet your specific needs. From stock tube in standard sizes and materials to custom tube made from more exotic fibers, the team at Re:Build Oribi Composites can help you take your tubes to the next level.
Contact us to learn more about our composite tubes and innovative manufacturing processes.