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There are many options to consider when purchasing a pool, but one of the most important decisions is the type of pool. At Leisure Pools, we stand behind our composite fiberglass swimming pools which are made right here in the United States at our manufacturing facility in Knoxville, Tennessee.
So why do we stand behind composite fiberglass swimming pools? These are the top 10 benefits:
1. Speed of Installation
Your fiberglass swimming pool comes direct from the Leisure Pools manufacturing facility, pre-made and ready to install. In fact, you can be swimming in as little as 4 days after council approval. Compare that to a concrete pool that can take months to complete and during that time your backyard looks a mess!
2. Smooth, Maintenance Free Finish
Leisure Pools fiberglass swimming pools have a smooth clean gelcoat finish that is non-abrasive. There are no sharp edges or rough finishes. Compare that to some pebble pools that are so abrasive they can harm your skin. Also, the gelcoat finish on a Leisure Pool not only looks great, its so easy to look after. The surface is smooth and non-porous so it cleans easily and is very stain resistant.
There is no lack of creative thinkers and innovators in the world of advanced composites, however to make significant strides there is a long way to go. Almost all parties involved are looking forward for lower costs, higher quality and enhanced efficiencies. To that end, here are some technological advances in composites engineering for 2014. Thanks for a great year, and we will see you for an even better one in 2015.
1. Composites Conferences Booming:
2014 was a banner year for composite conferences around the world. The COMPOSITES EUROPE 2014 trade show in Düsseldorf in October attracted 10,186 visitors, an increase of 25% on the previous event held in 2012. 419 exhibitors took part, an increase of 7% on 2012. The same month, in the Orlando, Florida, CAMX (The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo) 2014 housed 7100 conference attendees and more than 550 exhibitors.
When asked about the sector’s medium-term economic development perspectives over the next 4 years, 64% of visitors at the European conference said they expected moderate to strong growth.
2. CFRP’s 3D Printing:
Fotolia_54357702_SIt was hard to look at a composites publication this year without seeing some reference to the 3D-printing of composites. The most exciting advances were those made in the printing of continuous fiber reinforced plastics. Freespace Composites utilizes a proprietary procedure in which thermoplastic made of high-capacity carbon fiber which is optimally placed. It keeps on producing fiber structures with the desired fiber orientation. The 3D printers possess several 6-axis robot arms that dispense the fiber.
On the other side, MarkForged has released Mark One which is now considered as the first 3D printer in the world which is based on carbon fiber. The Mark One is capable of printing nylon, poly lactic acid (PLA), consistent glass filament and continuous carbon as printing materials and fused filament fabrication (FFF) and composite filament fabrication (CFF) as printing techniques.