How Carbon Becomes a Braca-sport Paddle
On his latest trip to the Braca-sport factory, Oscar Chalupsky took some detailed videos showing several of the steps of the process. Braca-sport paddles are manufactured in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Filament Winding Machine
This video shows the process of 3 axis filament winding around the shaft. Five shafts are wound at a time, the machine traverses the length of the spinning shaft, applying resin dipped filament. At each end, the filament is wound around a catch to reverse and continue.
Applying Resin to Filament
The video shows dry filament getting resin impregnated, a very thin resin is applied to the fiberglass tow that is used to wind around shafts.
Carbon Filament Shaft
Amazing precision of the carbon filament winding onto a prepreg shaft.
Making Carbon Tow into Sheets
Shaping Foam Cores
Using a CNC machine, multiple paddles are shaped at one time.