Let’s reimagine sporting goods and equipment
Conductive, stronger, and more flexible–with the potential for a circular supply chain
The sporting goods industry is ever advancing its materials to give athletes the edge that breaks world records, or data scientists the edge to analyze results in real-time. Carbon-based materials are nothing new to this industry, but combining strength, flexibility, and comfort with conductivity… what possibilities are you imagining? Add the fact that Galvorn is carbon-negative at scale and recyclable and you’ve got a material ready for the sustainable, high-performance brand.
Composites offer huge potential to harness the properties of Galvorn across a broader range of form factors and applications. Based on preliminary Galvorn fiber reinforced composite fabrication and testing, Galvorn composites have demonstrated the potential to have 10x higher electrical conductivity than traditional carbon fiber composites. Imagine real-time signals being transmitted from bicycles, surfboards, tennis rackets, football helmets, hockey sticks and more–all with a material that only strengthens and lightens the overall product.
Galvorn composites not only have the added potential to be lighter and stronger, but also more cost-effective thanks to Galvorn fibers’ flexibility, which enables easier manufacturing.
The strength, flexibility, and conductivity of Galvorn CNT fibers and yarns, offer superior performance, durability, and the ability to embed sensors and electronics directly into the sporting equipment–think racket strings, football (aka “soccer”), or hockey nets. An oldie but a goodie, check out how Galvorn 700 micron diameter braided CNT yarn was used for the strings on a racket to match the typical diameter of polymer-based strings used in badminton rackets.
Galvorn is extremely flexible which not only gives it better compressive strength, but also means it has the potential to work more easily with different types of processes and machinery. You can consider more unique designs or structures without significantly increasing manufacturing costs.
Did you know
Raw carbon fiber is actually quite brittle
That raw carbon fiber needs to be blended with epoxy resin to form the finished product shape required. The complexity of working with the brittleness of the raw materials limits what structures can be considered for production and increases manufacturing costs.
Did you know
Galvorn’s flexibility gives it the potential to be 3D printed for even more scalable innovation
Galvorn’s inherent flex life properties combined with its strength, lightweight, corrosion resistance and conductivity offer boundless possibilities for new products and applications. Contact us to discuss your goals and how Galvorn can help.
Did you know
It’s so flexible you can sew or weave with it
Galvorn fibers are available as single filaments, yarn, or fabrics. You can purchase them as-is today, or if you have new innovations you’re developing, contact us to discuss your goals and how Galvorn can help.
Lighter and stronger than alternatives, Galvorn has potential applications in cut resistant gear. An oldie but a goodie, we put our carbon nanotube (CNT) yarn to the test with an ax–the possibilities abound!
- Energy dissipation of CNT fibers per unit mass surpassed currently commercialized organic and inorganic fibers investigated in this study.
- The specific energy of CNT fibers transversely indented by the blade at a velocity of 6.35 m/s exceeded 2.4 times of other fiber types.
What will you build with Galvorn?
When we’ve been using some materials for millennia–or even decades–it can be hard to imagine the world differently.
Explore Galvorn World to learn about the numerous applications possible and the downsides of incumbent materials, including: