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Composites Weekly

Composites Weekly is an online podcast published each week by industry expert Jonathan Taylor. Jonathan has served as consultant in the composites industry for over 12 years. He brings you the latest news and information in the world of composites and provides interviews of leading manufacturers and distributors in the industry.
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Sep 20, 2019

This week, we welcome Matthew Butterman on the show to discuss the growing role of composites in the Bicycle fabrication industry. Matthew is the news editor of Handbuilt Bicycle News and a 25-year veteran of the bicycle industry. He is also the current News Director for the Philly Bike Expo. On this episode, we'll be discussing how new carbon fiber technologies are benefiting the bicycle industry through better performing frames.

The use of carbon fiber composites in this $48 billion worldwide industry is growing every day. Particularly for high-end racing and performance bicycles, carbon fiber is the go-to material.

The popular narrative holds that carbon fiber bikes are made in Asian factories.
 
While most raw carbon fiber is sourced from Asia, a growing number of small, boutique bicycle frame builders in the U.S.. are working with carbon fiber exclusively. These handbuilt bicycle craftsmen are drawn to carbon fiber because of its orthotropic (different properties in multiple directions) nature, as opposed to the isotropic (same properties in all directions) nature of metal bicycles. 
 
On this episode, Matthew and I will be discussing the history of carbon fiber in this industry as well as some of the newer advancements with hybrid composite technologies that combine carbon fiber with other lightweight fibers that provide resistance to impact damage. 
 
Oct 4, 2016

On this episode, I have the privilege of talking with Tom Dobbins, president of the ACMA and Arseniy Bolotsko, director of digital strategy with the ACMA.

Composites Lab is a comprehensive online resource dedicated to educating anyone who has an interest in composites today. 

Before CompositesLab, there was no central online resource like this. As the voice of the composites industry, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) felt compelled to change that. Their mission has been to educate others about composites and their many benefits and uses.

CompositesLab is meant for anyone interested in learning more about composites -
From the architect considering composites in their next project, to the high school student who needs a primer on the topic before writing a paper.

Composites are the material of the future, and this new website is the first step in making sure the world knows about these amazing materials.

On this episode both Tom and Arseniy will be discussing the mission behind Composites Lab, how it was developed, and finally how people can use this site to learn everything from processes (open mold, closed mold, cast polymer molding), to materials and industry applications. 

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Aug 2, 2016

This week, I welcome John Moore on the show to discuss some of the latest advancements in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM). John Moore is founder and president of JHM Technologies Inc..

For over 30 years JHM Technologies has provided closed molders worldwide with proven packaged solutions.

JHM Technologies innovative approach provides molders with custom turn-key packages that are precisely tuned to meet their production needs.

You can find more weekly episodes by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jun 27, 2016

This week we welcome Tad Coffin. Tad is the owner of Tad Coffin Performance Saddles.

He joins me on the show this week to talk about their unique saddle tree, which is the first of it's kind to be made from composite material.

Tad has created a proprietary process using carbon fiber. He has actually "invented" a process marrying two kinds of composites to create "pins" that are used in the tree to provide flexion and movement.

Tad will be discussing the benefits this provides to horses and the racing industry.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Mar 26, 2016

This week, we welcome David Tait, owner of Elegant Motoring & Auto Spa. David joins me to discuss his recent work installing a carbon fiber kit on a Lamborghini Aventador that was featured at the Toronto Auto Show last month.

You can find more weekly podcast episodes like this by visiting www.compositesweekly.com.

Mar 4, 2016

This week, we welcome Chris Dupin, co-founder of Foam Core Derby, an organization that introduces the composite process to the public in a safe and fun environment while giving back to the community.

Foam Core Derby donates 10% of all revenue from participants to youth organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Chris will be sharing his background as well as their mission - Providing knowledge of composite fabrication methods in a fun environment while giving back to the community.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://CompositesWeekly.com.

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