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AF Composites Info

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AF Composites Overview

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  • 1. W HERE F IBERGLASS IS ONLY THE B EGINNING
  • 2.
    • Nickels Boat Works / AF Composites:
    • Began mid-1950’s in Fenton, MI – a proud heritage of boat building excellence
      • Current ownership began 1999
    • Moved to Flint, MI 2008 for expanded & improved space – 15,000 sq ft total
    • Capabilities:
      • Prototyping
      • Production fiberglass mold making
      • Production of Class A and Class B fiberglass components & assemblies
      • Finished surface colors
      • Hand Fiberglass lay-up
      • Resin infusion
      • Mold-making for fiberglass products
      • Open molding of fiberglass products
      • Vacuum bagging of fiberglass products
      • Integrate structural reinforcements, metal fitments and mountings
      • Light assembly including welding (e.g. bar stock for trailers)
      • Repair and Maintenance Parts operations
    History In Brief
  • 3.
    • International Lightning - world’s premier builder of this one design racer
    • Buccaneer 18 - exclusive builder of this versatile one-design
    • Mutineer 15 - exclusive builder of this one-design
    • “ Nickels is building the first new Buccaneer & Mutineer
    • sailboats in nearly 20 years (modified Chrysler designs)”
    • Rebel Mark V - exclusive builder of 2 one-design models
    • Snipe - U.S. builder of this worldwide one-design
    • Duck Boat - exclusive Nickels design for hunting enthusiasts
    Nickels Boats
  • 4.
    • Each sailboat made to customer specs:
      • Each boat handmade (customer visits welcome!)
      • Choose among many colors and options
    • Long lasting hull construction
      • Blown and hand layed fiberglass
      • Extra structure integral within class weight
      • expectations
    • Superior Modifications
      • Hull molds updated for fast, smooth sailing within regs
    ABOVE - Lightning hull underway with foam and chain plates installed - fiberglassed in place BELOW - Lightning deck in process of being rigged Installing seats into the hull of a Lightning - while in the mold The Nickels Advantage
  • 5.
    • Division of Nickels Boat Works
    • Launched in 2009 to promote Market Diversification
    • Shares full capabilities of Nickels Boat Works
    • Experts in rapid low cost prototype work
    • Specialists in low-volume production
    About AF Composites
  • 6.
    • Tier-2 supplier to U.S. Military for portable shower units
    • Processes
      • Mold design and development
      • Spray-on gel coat of chopped fiberglass
      • Foam reinforcement panels
      • Assembly of attachment fitments and cutouts
    • Responsible for field-ready shower base
      • Built to military specifications
      • Reinforcement and nonskid areas
      • Built-in sump for drain attachments
      • Packaging & on-time shipping
    • Volume: 1,000 annual
    ABOVE - Underside of 4’x6’ shower base shows structure with built-in sump – corners glassed in ABOVE – Molds in fiberglass spray booth BELOW – Top side in desert tan color; holes cut and drilled ready for assembly Projects
  • 7.
    • Tier-1 supplier to electric ice resurfacer firm locating operations from Europe to Michigan
    • Processes
      • Mold design and development
      • Hand lay-up gel coat
      • Foam reinforcement panels
      • Metal reinforcement & attachments
      • Precision fit of adjoining body parts
    • Responsible for all fiberglass components
      • All Class-A Exterior body components
      • Underbody & functional components
        • e.g. hot water tank
    • Volume: 50 units annually
    • CLOCKWISE FROM TOP
    • Finished IceCat in operation - Toronto
    • Hood with reinforcement metal strap and stainless hinge in place with initial gel coat
    • Hood attached to snow containment compartment with hinge and reinforcement installed
    • IceCat on assembly line with hood open – shows double hinging and strength of reinforced fiberglass
    • IceCat at final QC on assembly line
    Projects
  • 8. Become the Go-To Composite Supplier for Small Wind Turbine Developers Future
  • 9.
    • As the Go-To Composite Supplier for
    • Small Wind Turbine Developers
    • Support early development of blade design
    • Support prototype needs to showcase new products
    • Provide startup production
    • Provide ongoing production
    Future
  • 10.
    • Capable of ultimate aero shapes – can vary:
      • Twist
      • Thickness
      • Pitch
      • Taper … throughout blade
    • Lightweight
      • Can integrate carbon fiber, Kevlar
    • Corrosion-resistant (vs. steel)
    • Low thermal and electrical conductivity
    • Class-A finish
    • Embed metal fitments for attachment
    • Mold-in color and texture to reduce glare
    •  Substituting composite for many steel parts saves weight, cost and paint
    Advantages of Composites
  • 11.
    • For Small Wind Turbine Developers
    • AFC has developed numerous projects using:
      • Blueprints, CAD
      • Improving old parts
      • Reverse engineering
      • Prototyping to perfection
    • Size & Volume sweet spot fits Small Wind blades
      • 8’ wide x 20’ long
      • Initial to full production capability
    • Cultural fit
      • AFC is comfortable with on the fly prototyping
      • AFC takes pride in design modification
      • AFC employees have a “can do” attitude
    AFC - Advantages
  • 12. www.afcomposites.com www.nickelsboats.com 810-767-4050 1871 Tower Street Flint, MI 48503 Contact US