Custom Wrapped Tubes
Most of the carbon and fiberglass rods and tubes you see in Goodwinds' inventory are manufactured in extremely large batches with "standard" composition and properties. But maybe you're looking for something a bit different: a tube with specific composition and properties to be an exact match to your project. We can help.
Goodwinds Composites builds custom wrapped carbon and fiberglass tubes. Roll-wrapping involves the application of carbon or fiberglass woven cloth pre-impregnated with resin (known as pre-preg) around a mandrel. The outer diameter of the mandrel determines the inner diameter of the final tube. The mandrel and cloth are then wrapped with cellophane tape under pressure and then cured in an oven. After curing, the mandrel is extracted to leave the tube ready for machining or finishing as necessary. Some of the variables we can accommodate include:
- Material - We can create tubes using pre-preg carbon, fiberglass, kevlar, or a combination of different materials
- Size - Wrapped tubes are made to a specific inner and outer diameter, giving you control of wall thickness and size
- Straightness - We can make straight or tapered tubes
- Inner Core - Goodwinds is able to wrap around an inner rod or tube of carbon, fiberglass, or even wood to make a solid rod instead of a wrapped tube
- Stiffness - We can achieve a specific deflection by wrapping more or fewer layers of prepreg to create the finished tube
- Look - We work with all kinds of pre-preg materials to create tubes with a unidirectional fiber wrap, square weave, twill, satin weave, fiberglass/carbon combinations, high-modulus carbon fabric, and so much more.