ESE Carbon’s E1 wheels are produced using ESE Industries’ Next Generation Autoclave Process (NGAP), which combines high speed autoclave cure with the low viscosity of DSM’s Daron 200 RTM resin to achieve very low de-molding times. The NGAP technology leverages the advantages of high quality autoclave manufacturing with a mass production approach to deliver high quality carbon fiber composites at a price point that is not currently possible with any other production method.
DSM’s Daron 200 RTM resin has been chosen as the matrix material by ESE Carbon because of its excellent processing characteristics (low viscosity, easy carbon fiber impregnation, high production speed) and high mechanical properties at the elevated temperatures typical for this application. Daron 200 RTM resins can be easily adjusted for complex-shaped part designs and a specific process set up. Yet, once in place the system can run consistently and yield parts with predictable mechanical properties.
”The collaboration between DSM and ESE Industries has resulted in a great product breakthrough; we’re extremely pleased with DSM and the performance of their Daron 200 resin system”, comments Eric Escribano, President & CEO of ESE Industries, “The resulting ultra-light weight carbon wheels can be custom-made and designed according to specific OEM preferences, as well as tailored for a full range of applications across multiple industries.”
“DSM likes to closely work with customers in bringing new material systems to life” adds Peter Hilzendegen, Market Segment Leader SMC/ BMC for DSM Composite Resins. “This is a nice example of how joint innovation can simultaneously bring superior performance and improved sustainability.”