Single-piece air extractor employs carbon fiber-epoxy composite


A single-piece air extractor (hood scoop) used on General Motors' 2012MY Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 employs a carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy prepreg. The air extractor was formed on a tool fabricated from a low-temperature molding composite tooling material.

Cytec Industries Inc. (Woodland Park, NJ) supplied both the MTM57 material used for molding and the LTM12 tooling material. MTM57 was reportedly chosen for its exceptional resin clarity and ability to produce an aesthetically-pleasing, rigid structure directly from the mold, with minimal reworking requirements. The part was molded by deBotech Inc. (Mooresville, NC).
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