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Scanning a Vintage Ferrari nose cone
Posted on: 12/09/2009
Finishline is currently working on a job for a company called Robin Automotive, who speacializes in restoring vintage race cars. This is where our Optigo 3D white light scanner comes into play. What we are doing is scanning an original vintage Ferrari nose cone, with the scanned data that we recieve from the scanner we will be able to build a 3D model. Now that we have a model, we have the ability to make molds without splashing a mold off of the original part, and risking a chance of damging the original. Now duplicate nose cones can be made. The new nose cone can be put on the car, and there will be no worries of damaging the original. We are also working on scanning some vintage gear boxes. With the gear boxes scanned mock up gear boxes can be made. Instead of using the original hevy gear boxes to build the car around, they can use the mock up ones which will be much lighter and easier to move around.

New Equipment And Services
Posted on: 12/08/2009
Finishline now has a Thermwood 5 axis cnc router. The cnc machine has a 5'x10' table and has 36" of Z travel. Finishline has also teamed up wioth Hexagon Metrology, and now has an Optigo 3D white light scanner. The scanner allows us to to scan a product, and recieve the scanned data to create a 3D model. With this Model, we can make modifications to the existing part, create a master part, and also make a mold . With the combination of the Optigo white light scanner and our 5 axis cnc router, anything is possible.

WARNING TO ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on: 06/17/2008
fININISHLINE ADVANCED COMPOSITES IS A RAPIDLY GROWING ADVANCED COMPOSITE,CARBONFIBER COMPANY.WE ARE DEVELOPING LOTS OF CUSTOM ONE-OFF PROJECTS TO FULL-BLOWN PRODUCTION(PROTOTYPES,LOW,HIGH VOLUME ADVANCED COMPOSITE RUNS.WE DO MANUFACTURE,PROTOTYPE ONE-OFFS.WE HAVE THE EQUIPMENT AND RESOURCES TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF SERIOUS PROJECTS WE RECENTLY AND ALSO IN THE PAST HAVE BEEN TAKEN ON A GREAT NUMBER OF HIGH-LEVEL PROTOYPES/PROJECTS FOR THE TELEVISION INDUSDTRIES ALL THE WAY TOHANDS ON TRAINING ANYONE PERSONS OR COMPANIES THAT REQUIRE FURTHER KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNIQUE.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL!
Posted on: 05/23/2008
After a three day adventure of cutting ( 0, +45, -45, 90) uni directional prepreg.We started the lay-up process with the assistance of Mike North(host of show)and Mary(sound tech).They were really great to work with and for that matter worked very efficiate.It took a entire day of lay-up time because of the manner that we had to straticly do with the orientation of the uni.I believe iot reqiured one hundred and eightyseven layers of prepreg.After lay-up the part got a vacuum membrane (foundation style) with two vacuum ports.Thermocouples were added to monitor ramp loads.The overall part was fairly large (6'x5')the mold was approx.7'x9' and the mold and part wieghed in at approx.400+ lbs.So next was loading the part in the autoclave and hooking up vacuum and thermocouples.We set our temps,times,pressures and let the clave do its magic and about four hours later we pulled the part out,removed membrane for part inspectoin to find we manufactured a perfect part.We then proceeded to cut the part into individual six inch wide legs all while being filmed by the beyond crew.After final cutting and trim the legs went to Beyond for mechanical testing which performed excactly the way that they were intended to do so the project was a total success.The television series will priemere sometime in september we will post the excact date as soon as we have it.

THE FUTURE !!!!!!!!!
Posted on: 04/19/2008
FINISHLINE AND ABARIS COMPOSITE TRAINING SCHOOL HAD A VERY POSITIVE MEETING TODAY.THE TWO COMPANIES HAVE JOINED FORCES AND MERGED TOGETHER ON A ABARIS/FINISHLINE MOTORSPORTS COMPOSITE TRAINING SCHOOL(M-C-T).THIS IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND AND COULD NOT HAVE COME TOGETHER AT A BETTER TIME WITH THE ADVANCED COMPOSITE FIELD GROWING AT MIND-BLOWING PROPORTIONS.THIS WILL BE A FROM A TO Z HANDS ON COMPOSITE TRAINING SCHOOL.THERE WILL BE ONE-DAY CLASSES FOR THE BASIC INTRODUCTION OF COMPOSITES ALL THE WAY TO FIVE-DAY COURSES THAT WILL START AT PHASE-1 (BASICS OF ADVANCED COMPOSITES)TO PHASE-4 (ADVANCED AUTOCLAVE MANUFACTURING)CLASSES.THIS IS A MUST FOR ANYONE IN THE COMPOSITE INDUSTRY AND ANYONE THINKING ABOUT THE INDUSTRY! WWW.M-C-T.ORG

DISCOVERY CHANNEL!
Posted on: 04/12/2008
Finishline Advanced Composites and Beyond Productions are joining forces.Beyond Productions is producing a new,very exciting series (PROTOTYPE THIS) for the discovery channel.Beyond contacted Finishline to prototype some very advanced composite parts for this particular project and also become there primary advanced composite source for up and coming composite needs for the series. Finishline is very excited to be a part of the project and the entire Beyond crew are top-notch professionals.We will keep you up to speed as far as dates and details.

General
Posted on: 03/15/2008
Finishline is currently working on a number of projects one being manufacturing mid-level volume carbonfiber products for JLT performance.Finishline is producing a number of different Mustang components(radiator schrouds,fusebox covers,intake covers,rear decklids,mirror covers,guagepod pillars,etc.)out of high gloss carbonfiber. All of these products are made from high grade 2x2 twill carbonfiber prepreg that is put under full vacuum and AUTOCLAVED at serious pressures per square inch.This is by far the most advanced composite processing available.

We also sell composite materials
Posted on: 03/04/2008
Since the composite industry is growing so fast in so many different industries there has become a shortage of carbonfiber and thus causing material prices to raise at a mind-blowing rate. Finishline Advanced Composites has a very credible name in the advanced composite industry.Therefore we are able to purchase carbonfiber (all weaves& k's) for wholesale prices. If you or your company is looking to purchase any amount of carbonfiber @ a wholesale price give us a call.

A few current projects.
Posted on: 02/26/2008
Currently we are manufacturing a variety of carbonfiber production products. -Carbonfiber Acura wing extensions(Gerney wings).Which the client is marketing them now and will be selling them asap.Low volume production run. -Carbonfiber Mustang products for (JLT PERFORMANCE). Radiator schrouds(carbonfiber) Intake covers(carbonfiber) Rear decklids(carbonfiber) Fusebox covers(carbonfiber) Mirror covers(carbonfiber) And much more carbonfiber components.Parts listed are on the GT500 models,and standard GT V8 and V6 models.High volume production run. -Also we have recently prototyped some (CHOPPERGUYS) droposeat side covers. We recently finished the tooling(molds)and manufactured some sets in 2x23k twill carbonfiber.This will be a high volume production run. -Last week we finished up on manufacturing a midsize production run of graphite made radiation structual brackets for the medical industry.The composite brackets exceeded there standard mechanical properties 65%percent and the project was completed three weeks ahead of schedule. -We recently did some Autoclave epoxy gas testing for a prepreg company(RENEGADE).Basically we recieve a number of different epoxy specimens on a call plate.Then we regulate the desired pressure in the autoclave,ramp the heat as directed and pull no vacuum.As the autoclave heats up and epoxies start to cure the pressures do not let the epoxies gas off.

Gentex Corp. RATINGS
Posted on: 01/28/2008
Gentex Corp. just released there QUALITY CONTROL ASSURANCE RATINGS for the year. We (FINISHLINE ADVANCED COMPOSITES) recieved the highest score (100%)possible. We will be posting up the actual document in a few days.The document intales on part quality,customer service,time schedules,etc.

Russell Racing School
Posted on: 12/09/2007
Finishline and Russell Racing School have been doing business for 3 to 4 years now.Russell Racing students come to Finishline where they actually get to manufacture some race car gauge panels out of carbonfiber. The students basically get a hands on project of working with prepregs.They lay-up the prepreg in the molds provided and then go thru the entire vacuum bagging process. Finally,prepping and putting parts into the autoclaving process.And when parts are postcured and debagged. The students get to take there hand made carbonfiber race car gauge panels home just like a trophy! Russell Racing has and is going through some very exciting times.They are growing and developing into a much higher level of racing.There having a huge new school(factory)being built.Also they purchased twenty-five new 100% carbonfiber race cars (lolas). Finishline is going to be responsible for keeping the cars safe and reliable on the track.By doing consistant advanced composite repairs and up keeps.This is a very serious project for Finishline because these race cars are going to be seeing lots of track time and abuse.This is where decades of composite experience is a necessity!

QUALITY IS #1
Posted on: 11/22/2007
Here @ finishline we basically have the ability to do anyting that has to do with advanced composites.We just finished up a aerospace project that required (mil-r-9300)specs.which required each part to be a specific toughened epoxy prepreg.Also each part was autoclaved @ 125psi@ full vacuum.So that meant that the molds were manufactured out of carbonfiber.As a matter of fact we used twenty-five layers of high modules 12k 4x4 twill fabric with a toughened epoxy so that the molds could withstand the pressures and temps.Also when molds are manufactured using the correct materials and prcedures they will be able to go thru hundreds of cycles!The actual part was and is a structual ventalation panel that lives on a C -131 Aircraft. Thank you for your patience,we are in the process of keeping you from week to week up to speed on all of our projects.Except for the confidential projects.

GENTEX CORP. 1st run!
Posted on: 10/29/2007
Finishline Advanced Composites has finished the first production run ahead of schedule.Today i am finishing up the certs and paperwork on the order that was completed saterday(10/27/07)and then overnighted to Gentex. Basically there were some 24 hour shifts on this project.24/7 shifts are no stranger here @ Finishline Advanced Composites we will do whatever it takes to keep our schedules on time!

GENTEX CORP. prototype
Posted on: 10/15/2007
Finishline Advanced Composites and Gentex Corp.have researched and developed a composite stepped-ply spring.Working together for approx. a year we experimented with dozens of different prepreg systems and process systems. Finally we achieved a product that far exceeded the specs.This was a very exciting process and is going to be a exciting project!

General!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on: 10/10/2007
Here @ Finishline Advanced Composites we are always working on a variety of projects.Anywhere from carbonfiber furniture to areospace components.So if you have a project in question let us know.Chances are we can manufacture it out of the strongest ,lightest material on the planet!

Current Projects
Posted on: 10/10/2007
We are happy to announce we finally achieved the physical properties out of the spring.After many different formulations with resin systems and fabrics we prototyped a component that exceeded the testing perimeters!

Current Projects!
Posted on: 09/10/2007
Finishline Advanced Composites has been prototyping a carbon composite stepped ply spring.Mr.Kindell mechanical engineer @ Gentex corp. and Finishline have been prototyping this component to one day soon,serve as a structual component in and on areonautic respitory head gear.

Up And Coming Projects!
Posted on: 09/22/2007
Head designer for Ducatti, Pierre Terblanche and CEO of Moto GP England, Andrew Whitney visited Finishline Composites today. Discussing future projects that Finishline Composites has expertise in. Check back for further updates on the upcoming projects!