Fin Blades - Composite Fibre Fins (Nautilidae)
Penetrator blades are manufactured using a proprietary Capillary Closed Moulding System (CCMS). This system is a culmination of 25 years’ composites manufacturing experience applied to fin blade development over the past 8 years by Penetrator Fins founder Larry Gray.
The process eliminates the requirement for secondary processing materials used by other manufacturers producing an outstanding surface finish on both sides of the blade and reduces waste. These 2 outcomes alone produce a blade with a smoother flex curve and reduces the environmental footprint of the manufacturing process.
All metal production tooling has been produced in-house utilising Penetrator Fins CAD design and CNC manufacturing capabilities. Mould temperatures are digitally controlled through the process to ensure the specially formulated resin system reaches its ultimate mechanical properties. Only certified carbon and glass fibres issued with a certificate of conformity (usually reserved for aerospace applications) are used. Full process control over these parameters ensures engineering performance measures are consistently achieved.
Once moulding is complete fin blade profiles are CNC machined to an accuracy of .01mm. Penetrator Fin’s proprietary rubber water rail is then added with cyanoacrylate adhesive in purposed built pneumatic clamping jigs.