PlastiComp, Inc’s Long Carbon Fiber Composites in Frog Legs, Inc’s Wheelchair Casters

July 24 2017

When Frog Legs, Inc., of Ottumwa, Iowa, wanted to switch from machined aluminum to a carbon fiber composite for a new generation of their wheelchair caster wheels, they partnered with PlastiComp, Inc. for the carbon fiber composite.

Frog Legs' second generation caster wheels make use of two different long carbon fiber reinforced composite materials from PlastiComp. Machined aluminum has been replaced by a long carbon fiber reinforced nylon 6/6 composite in the wheel forks and a long carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane in the wheel hub.

PlastiComp custom developed the reinforced polyurethane composite to bond with the urethane used for the outer rolling surface of the wheel.

Changing from aluminum to long carbon fiber reinforced composites reduced the weight of a pair of Frog Legs caster wheels by 33% – over a half pound (280 grams) lighter – a reduction that is noticeable and appreciated by riders.

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