The Case for Carbon Fiber

The Case for Carbon Fiber

Applications for carbon fiber in a vehicle’s body structure continue to gain positive momentum, with BMW’s i3 being a prime example. Advancements are being made throughout the industry and the case for carbon fiber is becoming more viable. Learn more by reading a recent article from Automotive Manufacturing Solutions. Read more…

Shape Makes the ACE Finals at CAMX

Shape Makes the ACE Finals at CAMX

Shape’s innovative spirit was on display at the 2017 CAMX—the premier composites and advanced materials event and for four days the center of the composites world. Shape was in attendance as a finalist for an Award for Composite Excellence (ACE), the composite industry’s stand out award showcase. The ACE awards are an annual competition hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) that recognizes superiority in engineering and design, as well as improvements and innovation in equipment and manufacturing. Shape was a finalist in the Infinite Possibility for Market Growth category for our use of curved pultrusion to create highly engineered hollow profiles. The award, which was taken home by Ford and Magna […]

Shape featured in Composites World Magazine

Shape featured in Composites World Magazine

Shape’s bright future and the innovative radius-pultrusion system are featured in the June edition of Composites World, the world’s leading composites publication. The center fold article profiles Thomas Technik’s curved pultrusion process and features details regarding Shape licensing the technology for use in the automotive industry. While a number of licensees were highlighted in the article, Shape’s relationship and work are prominently covered. You can read the full article here. Shape remains on track to install our first curved pultrusion machine this year, in preparation for 2019 model year production. Be on the lookout for future updates as we bring this new innovative process to Shape.

Shape Takes Steps Toward Innovation

Shape Takes Steps Toward Innovation

With the automotive industry heavily focusing on lightweighting for improving fuel economy, Shape as always, is eager to support our customers with innovative, lighter weight components. For years we’ve been developing bumper solutions that are some of the best in the industry, utilizing ultra-high strength steels, unique aluminum alloys, and patented cross section designs. Still the need to do even better continues. Shape is now developing a unique technology to bring carbon fiber bumpers to our customers. Carbon fiber is an extremely lightweight, but expensive material, not traditionally suited for automotive high volume programs and the common car. However, Shape’s roll forming process and design experts have found a way […]