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Dyneema

Dyneema

Let's talk about the ''World's Strongest Fiber'', Dyneema! In 1968, chemist Dr. Albert Pennings managed to pull some wispy threads from the stirring rods in his beaker. He found it impossible to pull the strands apart. Excited, he rushed to tell his boss’s, which...

The first production carbon fiber bicycle

The first production carbon fiber bicycle

Today we will tell the story of the first production carbon fiber bicycle and how it has revolutionized the Tour de France! As with any sport, the competition to be the best leads to innovation everywhere possible, and as all composite lovers already know, carbon...

What is the story behind the first fiberglass boat? 

What is the story behind the first fiberglass boat? 

Several pioneers in fiberglass boatbuilding were notable builders in wood before World War II. That was the case with Ray Greene of Toledo, Ohio. Born in 1913, he began building boats at age 12! He was keen to discover a new and better material for making hulls, even...

How Kevlar Bulletproof Vests became a reality?  

How Kevlar Bulletproof Vests became a reality?  

In the early 1970s, DuPont’s Kevlar ballistic fabric was invented.   During the mid-1970s, Kevlar was incorporated into a National Institute of Justice evaluation program to provide lightweight body armors for law enforcement officers. Kevlar armor was found...