Metal Replacement Reduces Cost, Weight

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When paintball began in the U.S. in 1981, few expected its popularity to soar. Today, the sport includes professional and amateur tournaments throughout the U.S. and Europe.

A typical game of paintball involves from two to 80 competitors trying to capture "the flag" with air-powered pistols. It’s similar to an action version of chess and hide-n-seek. Two teams start from their respective flag station. When the game starts, each side attempts to capture their opponent’s flag and return it to their station. Those ‘shot’ with a paintball during the game are eliminated from competition.

Airgun Designs of Wheeling, IL set out to meet increased demand for top-quality, engineered paintball guns. Their original designs featured mostly metal components.

Reducing cost and weight, while achieving higher performance, became a priority as more manufacturers entered the market. Airgun Designs and molder MXL Industries, Inc. of Westmont, IL contacted RTP Company for assistance.

The gun frame, which acts as a stress reliever between the main body of the gun and the air supply, has multiple material requirements. The frame requires strength, rigidity and impact resistance.

A carbon-fiber reinforced RTP 200 Series (nylon) specialty compound provides all of the needed properties. It exhibits a tensile strength of 32,000 psi (220 MPa) and a flexural strength of 47,000 psi (324 MPa). The material achieves an un-notched impact strength of 17 ft. lbs./in. at 1/8 in. (970 J/m).

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