Author Archives: Cook Amelia

Goodwinds Composites Repurposes 120-Year-Old Lathe to Manufacture Advanced Composites

Goodwinds Composites frequently invests in sturdy, used machines built to work with metals in other industries and repurposing them to manufacture composite materials. In addition to two centerless grinders, a 3-axis mill, multiple saws, and two lathes, all of which have been modified to machine composites, Goodwinds Composites turned a 120-year-old cast-iron lathe into a […]

2023 Washington Manufacturing Operational Excellence Award

Goodwinds Composites Manufacturing Excellence Award

The Washington Manufacturing Excellence Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements in Washington’s manufacturing industry. These accolades honor companies and organizations that excel in manufacturing, innovation, quality, growth, and community impact. Goodwinds Composites was named a finalist for Operational Excellence in Manufacturing in 2023. Being named a finalist for this award proves a manufacturing company’s outstanding performance and […]

The Art and Science Behind Roll-Wrapped Composite Tubes

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Roll-wrapped composite tubing is structural tubing made by wrapping composite fabrics — such as carbon fiber or fiberglass — that have been pre-impregnated with resin around a mandrel. The layers are typically oriented in different directions to optimize strength and stiffness. After wrapping, the tubing is cured to bond the layers, resulting in a lightweight […]

Carbon Fiber is Anisotropic – Here’s Why That’s Awesome

Isotropic vs Anisotropic

Many amazing advancements in carbon fiber composites are because carbon fiber is anisotropic. That is, the carbon fiber properties depend on the orientation of the fibers. This directionality means that we can build wrapped carbon tubes to have customized attributes such as hoop strength and deflection.  Isotropy  Isotropic materials have identical material properties in all […]

Carbon Fiber Rods: Structural Composite Reinforcement

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Engineers, equipment manufacturers, and product designers use carbon fiber rods and structural support components in a variety of industries. Because of their fantastic properties, like strength and rigidity, carbon fiber rods are an outstanding choice for applications where stiffness and weight are considerations. How Pultruded Carbon Fiber Rods Are Manufactured Carbon fiber rods are manufactured […]

Unidirectional Vs. Twill Carbon in Wrapped Carbon Tubes: Cosmetic or Functional?

Twill and Unidirectional Carbon Prepreg

When you think of a carbon-fiber, you probably envision the woven, cross-hatch look found in so many consumer products. However, many of our rods and tubes are made with unidirectional carbon, where the carbon fibers are all oriented in the same direction. But why? Is there truly an advantage to twill carbon, other than just […]

Goodwinds Composites Supports STEM Education

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Technology and innovation play a huge role in Goodwinds Composites’ operations – we are constantly inventing new machines and machine attachments, figuring out new methods to make the best composites, and challenging ourselves to tighter tolerances and better customer service. In our world, the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education cannot be […]

Carbon Rods: Strengthening the Foundation of Concrete Repair

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Concrete structures form the backbone of our modern infrastructure, providing stability and durability. However, over time, these structures may develop cracks and deteriorate due to various factors, such as weathering, age, or even poor construction practices. To restore their integrity and extend their lifespan, engineers have turned to innovative techniques, one of which involves the […]

Fiberglass Rod Reinforcement in Containment Systems

Fiberglass rod reinforcement has emerged as a popular option for physical support in containment systems in a variety of industries. This technology has been developed to enhance the structural integrity of containment systems by reducing the likelihood of leaks, spills, and other types of damage. Fiberglass rod reinforcement has been used in leak and spill […]