Units of Sale Our Spread-Tow Ribbon™ is sold in...
Units of Sale
Our Spread-Tow Ribbon™ is sold in rolls of 10m, 50m or 100m rolls; please choose the required roll length from the drop-down menu. The ribbon listed on this page is 15mm wide. We also stock a 25mm Spread Tow Ribbon.
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Brand new and only available from Carbon Makers is our carbon fibre Spread-Tow Ribbon™.
These super-flat carbon fibre ribbons of unidirectional carbon fibre are bound together using the same technology that is used to produce woven spread-tow fabrics meaning that they are totally flat (none-crimped) for outstanding mechanical performance and have no visible weft fibres or stitching making them a unique choice for a variety of structural, cosmetic and artistic applications.
The carbon fibre UD tape fibres are held together by an invisible internal thermoplastic net which is heat-fused to the fibres and weighs only a few grams per square metre and yet makes the Spread-Tow Ribbon™ perfectly stabilised for easy handling and laminating in a variety of ways.
Spread-Tow Ribbon™ can be used for a wide range of applications and is equally suited to full structural applications (such as wing spars) as it is to aesthetic or even artistic applications. Our carbon fibre Spread-Tow Ribbon™ is compatible with all standard resin systems including polyester, vinylester and epoxy resin although, as with most carbon fibre reinforcements, for best mechanical performance and results we would suggest epoxy resin.
In structural applications Spread-Tow Ribbon™ can be laminated into moulds to provide highly focussed, unidirectional reinforcement in areas where it is needed most with the ribbon aligned to ensure maximum strength along the axis of load. Spread-Tow Ribbon™ layers can also be laminated with resin and stacked one on top of each other to provide a unidirectional reinforcement of any thickness; ideal for creating strips of unidirectional laminate of any shape or size which would have mechanical properties very similar to a carbon fibre pultrusion.
Aesthetic / Artistic Applications
The creative, aesthetic and artistic possibilities of our Spread-Tow Ribbon™ are almost endless. By wetting out the ribbon with epoxy resin and then layering it, wrapping it, weaving it or twisting it around shapes, mandrels or master-models it can be used to create beautiful, open structures that seem to defy logic in terms of their lightweight, fluid appearance and yet incredible strength.
The ribbon itself has a modern but somehow natural appearance with the cured material capturing and reflecting light in the way that only carbon fibre can. Its unidirectional grain is reminiscent of wood grain and yet at the same time so intrinsically modern.
For creative applications we would suggest our EL2 Epoxy Laminating Resin, and Unperforated Release Film (which can be wrapped or stretched around forms to prevent the cured ribbon from bonding to the form).
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