Carbon Fiber Tubing

From Our Clients
"Thanks for the awesome new mast for Strummer. It's made a huge difference; she's a much better boat, definitely stiffer and faster. We took 2nd (Class IV) in this year's (2007) Bermuda 1-2. Lots of days in the 25-30 knot range. No problems with the rig at all. "
Louis Meyer Strummer — Hinkley Pilot 35
Superior Technology
Forte uses 4 - Axis Continuous Fiber Braiding as a SUPERIOR and PREMIUM way to manufacture Carbon Fiber Tubing.
Custom Built
Our Carbon Fiber Tubing and Carbon Fiber Products are custom built to our clients specifications. Each is unique and catered towards its use for long-lasting durability and superior crafstmanship.
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Carbon Fiber Tubing

Industrial, Aerospace, Military, and other Applications

We come across new and sometimes very unusual applications for our tubing every day. Our “Happy to Help” attitude has brought us a very diverse array of customers from performing arts to NASA.

Bare tubing to finished products

In addition to unfinished / bare carbon fiber tubing, we can provide many other post manufacturing services.

  • Sanding painting / coating
  • OD turning
  • Centerless grinding
  • Machining
  • Hardware installation (end fittings, hardware, etc)
  • Assembly

Check out some of our cool projects and see what we can do

Engineering and Design

Although we are not a full service composite engineering firm, we have helped many customers get their products from concept to reality. From custom end fittings and connections to structural laminate design and stress analysis, our staff can help you come up with a functional elegant design for whatever your product is. For engineering work in the “heavy lifting” category, we can refer you to a composite specific design firm we regularly work with.

4-Axis Continuous fiber braiding

4-Axis Continuous fiber braiding offers extremely durable tubing from approximately 1/2” ID up to 12” ID and continuous lengths from 10’ up to 60’. This tubing has relative high percentage of axial fibers and is mostly suited for compression, tension and bending applications.

Telescoping Horsegate

Super fancy 3-piece telescoping horse-gate lengthens from 10′ to 27′.These babies have custom retriever handles, Delrin linear bearings, 2K polyurethane paint, and look like they should be on a Formula 1 car.

Roll wrapping pre-preg

Roll wrapping pre-preg allows us to offer more off axis fibers for torsion or pressure applications. Roll wrapping lends itself to thinner wall applications because of the availability of very thin pre-preg material. This also allows for a more controlled OD surface without post machining. We typically build diameters ranging from .1” ID to 12” ID, and lengths from 6” up to 11’.

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Sizes and Sections

We offer many different sizes and shapes of carbon tubing to choose from. We have many round, square, rectangular, airfoil and oval sections available.

Not all of our available sections are listed. We are always getting new sizes and shapes for custom projects. If you don’t see what you are looking for in our chart, please contact us to see if we have something that may work for you.

 

Stock Tubing

We don’t really “stock” tubing. There are so many different wall thicknesses and fiber orientation options that most tubing is custom built for the application. What we do consider stock, is tubing sizes that we already have a mandrel for (tooling). After picking a mandrel, we will engineer a laminate and build the tubing to you specs. This can usually be accomplished in about a week. In some rare cases I may have tubing in stock for products we commonly build, so don’t be afraid to ask us.

(remember “stock” means I have a mandrel for it)

Applications for our Carbon Fiber Tubing

(this is not just a made up list – We have actually built tubing for each one of these applications)

  • Light Aircraft
  • Prototype Aircraft
  • Aerospace
  • Radar and GPS antennas
  • Communication towers
  • Stiffening and reinforcing beams
  • Wind power
  • Autonomous craft
  • Unmanned vehicle capture booms
  • Underwater equipment
  • Telescope housing
  • Large telescope truss tubing
  • High Altitude Craft
  • Robotic arms
  • Transport beams
  • Measurement devices
  • Electronics housing
  • Mining equipment
  • Performance arts and production
  • Oil and Gas down-hole applications
  • Printing rollers and guides
  • Truss Structures
  • Security gates
  • Photography and motion picture
  • Energy generation
  • Manufacturing beams
  • Product distribution
  • Medical equipment
  • Solar Energy
  • Fuel Cell housing