Research at Shape is continuing on the downstream processing of ShapeTex preforms.
This carbon fibre bicycle seat was made using a resin infusion process but could equally be made using RTM, hot press moulding or other automated manufacturing processes.
The R&D team will continue to develop their heated press technology so that parts like this can be manufactured in under 5 minutes.
The bicycle seat uses a 12k carbon fibre and an epoxy thermoset resin. The final part is optimised with bespoke fibre directions in certain zones to create areas of varying stiffness for both comfort and performance.
Another significant advantage of the ShapeTex preform is that there is zero carbon fibre waste from the manufacturing process.
If you have an application where a ShapeTex preform would be more efficient please contact us directly.