Advances in Robotics with Carbon Fiber

Sun, robot, and man

In a blog article on this site from May 2018 we talked about aluminum as the metal of choice in robotics. Two years later we discussed the “Top Three Benefits of Using Carbon Fiber To Build Robots.” Those two years are sufficient evidence of the astonishing rate of speed in the evolution of the technologies underlying both robotics and carbon fiber fabrications. Continue reading “Advances in Robotics with Carbon Fiber”

CarboSix Connectors [Infographic]

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The Framing Tech CarboSix carbon fiber line of profiles are created through the use of a new breakthrough technology called “pultrusion.”  This process pulls spools of carbon fiber thread through a resin bath and into a temperature-controlled mold to create the final shape.  Similarly, our carbon fiber tubes are created using “Pullwinding” technology, which weaves the carbon fiber threads prior to entering the resin bath and mold.  This produces a significantly stronger tube than other carbon fiber tubes that are created by wrapping a carbon fiber sheet around a rod to create the final shape. Continue reading “CarboSix Connectors [Infographic]”

Properties and Uses of CarboSix Carbon Fiber Profiles

Framing Tech CarboSix profiles

Introducing CarboSix

The basis of CarboSix profiles is carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is composed of carbon atoms bonded together to form a long chain. The fibers are extremely stiff, strong, and light and are used in many processes to create excellent building materials.

As you can tell from the image above, our CarboSix modular carbon fiber profiles can be shaped and cut in much the same way our extruded aluminum T-slot profiles are. True, you can use CarboSix much like aluminum, and it has the same structural modularity. And from cutting to perforation, it can undergo the same processing. It even uses the same kind of accessories as aluminum, with identical installation and fastening systems.

But that doesn’t mean aluminum and carbon fiber profiles are perfectly interchangeable. CarboSix is really best reserved for certain applications unsuitable for aluminum or steel, and that take advantage of the unique, specific properties of carbon fiber. Here are the most notable applications for CarboSix: Continue reading “Properties and Uses of CarboSix Carbon Fiber Profiles”

Top Three Benefits of Using Carbon Fiber To Build Robots

The Society of Robots reports that carbon fiber has become an essential material for robots now and in the future, because it is very strong in compression and tension while being exceptionally lightweight. Robotic components, particularly , can be fabricated into any size or shape with the benefit being:

  1. Reduced weight
  2. Increased part stiffness
  3. Improved automation processes

Industrial automations’ increased speed and greater precision is vital for improved efficiency, and one way to achieve this is through reduced weight and increased stiffness of robotic parts. The benefits of carbon fiber, as explained here by Antonio Gervosi, from CarboSix, translate directly to:

  • Increased speed on the production line
  • Higher precision
  • Reduced motor and actuator loads
  • Improved reliability
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