The first step in this harvesting process is to strip the fiber from the core of the plant and process them into groups of single strands. For thousands of years, these flexible and resilient fibers have been used in hundreds of applications. A few of these applications include rope, textiles, absorbents, composites, non-woven/chopped-strand mats, and insulation.
Combining low density and high strength, the specific stiffness and strength properties of Sunstrand’s Natural Fibers are similar to those of glass fiber. While all natural fibers exhibit lower strength and stiffness properties than glass fiber; they have almost half the density. Our unique line of Bamboo fiber also has one the lowest densities of all natural fibers.
When increasing the fiber volume ratio to match modulus, composites containing natural fiber have a lower weight than comparable composites containing glass fiber.
Increased use of natural fiber also has other unique benefits such as reduced environmental impact, decreased tool wear and several others that are listed below.
|Rapid Fiber Productions||Sunstrand’s proprietary manufacturing technology can be reasonably scaled to produce 4000 tons per year||Plastics manufacturers are ensured a reliable supply for high volume applications|
|Improved Aesthetic Options||Natively attractive material with limitless coloring options||Increased flexibility in finishing and reduced cost for color treatments|
|High Stiffness Properties||Capability to match composite stiffness in discontinuous systems||Stiffness can be matched to glass composites with reduced weight|
|Light Weight||Combined surface treatment to protect fibers, increase fiber-matrix adhesion and mitigate water absorption||Reduced part weight compared to glass or straight plastic components|
|Minimal Water Absorption||Combined surface treatment to protect fibers, increase fiber-matrix adhesion and mitigate water absorption||Composites using Sunstrand fibers can be placed in outside environments dramatically increasing applications|
|Low Cost||Low-cost feedstock and processing technology||Manufacturers can reduce cost by as much as 10% for comparative parts|
The benefits of using natural fiber don’t stop at those listed above. To ask a question, make an order, or request a sample of natural fiber, fill out the form below or contact us at 502.415.8505.