Monday 14 July 2014

This Month in Fibreglass: July 2014

Something old, something new, something bouncy, something huge. The 'best' of this month's fibreglass news feeds are here. It's not easy you know.

Noahs Arc-ade

All these machines still require 2 shillings to play.
Celebrating the worlds first coin-operated video game, the wonderfully titled "Computer Space". Four are displayed at a Japanese video games museum. What's it doing here you ask?
Just check out the gorgeous fibreglass cases with full 1971 technicolour glitter gelcoat. We love it, the seventies rule!

My local pub still has one of these. True fact.

Caravan of Love

The stealth caravan. Only available in black, or course.
Soon to be gracing all sleepy seaside touring parks, the new ultimate in caravans the CR-1. It's the worlds first all carbon fibre composite caravan, it's very light therefore saving £££s in fuel, very important if you are on a budget. Designed in collaboration with indy car big wigs Dallara there is a surprising amount of technology in this. To see the super luxury insides, video and options list click here.

Coil Springs Internal

Spring meets spring. Love on the rebound.
Those crazy Germans at Audi are going to replace steel suspension springs with, you guessed it, fibreglass ones. These rust free replacements are 40% lighter and use less energy to manufacture. 
Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, of Audi sings, "The core of the springs consists of long glass fibres twisted together and impregnated with epoxy resin. A machine wraps additional fibres around this core – which is only a few millimetres in diameter – at alternating angles of plus and minus 45 degrees to the longitudinal axis. These tension and compression plies mutually support one another to optimally absorb the stresses acting on the component." So basically it's better.
Look out for these Audi trick laser headlights coming soon too.

Brazilians Get Neat Edges

Porto Alegre Stadium showing off.
So now the World Cup is over and the Germans can parade their trophy. They can point out that they also helped build the new stadiums too, using wonderful fibreglass (57,000 square metres of the stuff) to create a sectional transparent leaf roof arrangement around the edge.
More quoteage...
"Fibreglass membranes in the shape of palm leaves, tensioned between steel beams and coated with 3M Dyneon PTFE, are protecting spectators from the rain in Brazil’s Porto Alegre’s venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup."

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